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The 35 Best Gifts for Writers, According to, Well, Writers

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By Sarah Madaus

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If you have a writer in your life, you know that writing is the activity that brings them equal amounts of joy and dread. The best gifts for writers exist to make the joyful part even sweeter and the dreadful part a little less so. Sometimes the solution to helping a writer produce their best work is nixing an uncomfortable desk chair , upgrading their crusty headphones from 2013, receiving a meal kit to make cooking less time-consuming, or giving them a motivational journal to write in. And who better to present you with writerly gift ideas than staffers at a magazine? 

Whether they're an aspiring writer, a full-time one, or just a habitual journal-er, finding a present that relates to their passion almost guarantees that it'll be appreciated—and actually used. We're slowly closing in on the start of the holiday season, so corralling your gifts now means you have less to stress about when the season does arrive, and more time to think about what matters: Family , friends, and whatever the news cycle has for us.

Below, we've rounded up the best gifts for writers to peruse ahead of the holidays because it's never too early. We've included practical gifts to aid their writing process (like some of our favorite pens and laptop stands), self-care essentials to soothe their mind and body, and items to get the creative juices flowing (like a MasterClass subscription and book of writing prompts). No matter what kind of writer they are, you’re sure to find something on this list that fits.

For more present picks, check out all of the best gift ideas of 2022 .

All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700

When it comes to writing, reaching a flow state is key—and often quite difficult. A pair of top-rated noise-cancelling headphones like these from Bose (which several SELF editors own) can be used to block out distractions or pipe in calming beats . These connect through Bluetooth, so they won't have to worry about unruly wires.

Green Mark  Graham Leather Charger Roll Up on white background

Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll-Up

Mark & Graham

This pretty, space-saving roll-up has one large pocket and two smaller ones to stash and organize all of their chargers, pens, earbuds , and the like. It comes in seven jewel-tone color options, and you can add their monogram for a personalized touch.

Assorted colors of Zebra Mildliner DualTip Creative Markers in clear pack

Zebra Mildliner Dual-Tip Creative Marker

SELF's editor-in-chief Rachel Wilkerson-Miller likes using these bright, colorful pens to make writing in her planner and journal more vibrant. These have fine tips that work for adding splashes of color to their compositions, but they are also versatile enough to use for filling in those adult coloring books .

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

Ember Mug² Temperature Control Smart Mug

This self-heating, rechargeable smart coffee mug is our senior commerce writer Sara Coughlin's morning go-to . After initial reluctance to try the elaborate mug, she now recommends it enthusiastically, writing, “If you’re someone who knows that tea and coffee have their own sacred temperatures or hate coming back to a tepid drink after briefly leaving it alone, this could make an excellent treat for yourself.”

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Trade Coffee Subscription

Trade Coffee

We recommended Trade's coffee subscription for java enthusiasts who make their coffee at home and are interested in exploring different roasters across the US. It lets the recipient customize the type (and grind) of coffee they prefer and how often each bag arrives. The site also allows you to add a short note to your subscription delivery if you’d like to personalize it. Luckily, because the beans deliver to their door, they'll never need to leave the house if they run out of caffeine mid-writing.

Cost: Gift subscriptions start at $40 for two bags.

Yellow San Francisco Writers Grotto 642 Tiny Things to Write About book cover

642 Tiny Things to Write About by the San Fransisco Writers' Grotto

For any creative writer who could use a touch of inspiration (or a cure for writer's block), this miniature book has 642 potential solutions. Each of the writing prompts asks for bite-sized answers that spark larger storylines. Take these two examples: “Boil down Hamlet , Shakespeare's longest play, into a tweet,” and “Describe your first kiss. Describe your most recent kiss. Describe your next kiss.”

Brown Everlane The Felted Merino HalfZip Sweater on model wearing black pants

Everlane The Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater

What's a voracious author without a signature look? This oversized wool half-zip is snuggly enough for cold-weather layering and gives a writerly, bookish vibe.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

Opened Green and white Fringe x Megan Galante Odette Pencil Pouch with two pencils and a green pen on white background

Fringe x Megan Galante Odette Pencil Pouch

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This roomy pencil case, conceptualized by an artist and textile designer, is a nice gift for writers of all ages (not just grade-school ones). For an extra touch, fill up the pencil case with their favorite pens, pencils, highlighters, and a surprise note.

34 Airbnb Gift Card

Airbnb Gift Card

If their local coffee shop isn't inspiring them the way it used to, an Airbnb gift card can pay for a solo weekend writer's retreat to a cabin in the mountains, lakeside A-frame, bright beach home, or even a potential setting for their novel.

Brown Madewell The Canvas Transport Carryall Tote Bag on white background

Madewell The Canvas Transport Carryall Tote Bag

A handsome tote makes schlepping their laptop, writing accessories, latest read , snacks, and headphones a little bit easier. It's made of canvas with leather straps and has a small internal pocket so they won't have to fish around for their keys and cards.

Green and pink Papier Scallop Spine Daily Planner

Papier Scallop Spine Daily Planner

This undated, 16-week daily planner makes a thoughtful gift for any writer who could benefit from a place to keep their thoughts, deadlines, and the rest of their life organized . It features a mind map page, plus goal setting and reflection, and spots for each day and week. Since it's undated, they can start anytime throughout the year (or even use it as a journal).

Opaque Muji Gel Ink Cap Type Ballpoint Pen on white background

Muji Gel Ink Cap Type Ballpoint Pen

Sorry not sorry, but sometimes a basic set of pens is more practical than a fountain pen. (And this is coming from an avid writer!) This pen from Muji comes recommended by Condé Nast staffer and "chronic journal-er" Soleil Summer, who says, “They’re affordable, straightforward, and they dry relatively quickly on most kinds of paper/finishes. The ink is quite consistent as well.”

Black and white Byredo Bibliotheque Candle on white background

Byredo Bibliothèque Candle

A candle that channels the scent of their favorite library—old books, dog-eared pages, worn leather, and smooth paper—is one of the best writing gifts you can give. It has warm notes of plum, pear, vanilla, leather, and patchouli to accompany and inspire their late-night scrawling.

34 Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Soothing Heat

Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager

The future best-selling author in your life likely needs some neck and shoulder relief after hunching over their computer all day. We love this space-saving massager , which has eight kneading nodes and a function to add soothing heat. They can also wear it while they work.

Judy Blume in a red jacket

MasterClass Gift Card

MasterClass

With a gift card to MasterClass, they can get all kinds of screenwriting, essay tips, and creative writing advice from writers like Judy Blume (pictured above), R.L. Stine, Roxane Gay, and Dan Brown. You can choose from a few different gift options , with plans starting at $10 per month.

Terracotta stone essential oil diffuser next to a set of four essential oils

Vitruvi Cozy Bundle Stone Diffuser and Kit

Essential oils can help relax, uplift, soothe, and inspire—and they smell good. This diffuser and oil set from Vitruvi doubles as decor and comes with four “cozy-inspired" oils for grounding, comforting, and refreshing the writer on your list.

Black Cushion Lab Patented Pressure Relief Seat Cushion on white background

Cushion Lab Patented Pressure Relief Seat Cushion

Lumbar pain does not fuel authors to successfully write the next great American novel, as far as we know. This season, gift them this handy ergonomic pillow that transforms any old chair into one that cradles their hips and thighs, making prolonged sitting a bit more tolerable. (They should still get up and stretch though.)

iDiskk Auto Timer Cell Phone Lock Box

iDiskk Auto-Timer Cell Phone Lock Box

A phone lockbox is the perfect gift for anyone who, when faced with writer's block or impending deadlines, tends to pick up their phone and doomscroll on social media . It has an automatic timer (from 1 minute up to 99 hours) and holes for emergency calls and sending messages.

Burgundy Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook and black smart phone on white background

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

While we do love a good leather journal , there's something to be said for a reusable notebook that sends their scrawls straight to their phone, tablet, or computer. This innovative 32-page notebook is compatible with Pilot Frixion pens and wipes clean with a cloth after they transfer their short stories.

Blue Brooklinen SuperPlush Robe on grey background

Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe

A fluffy terry bathrobe will keep them company, whether they're writing at dawn or into the night. Brooklinen's Turkish cotton feels delightfully spa-like , with adjustable sleeves (important to keep from getting in the way of their typing) and roomy pockets.

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Maude Tub Kit No. 1 Bath Salts & Coconut Milk Bath Soak Set

Encourage self-care with a set of soothing bath salts and soaks scented with warming notes of amber, cedar leaf, lemongrass, and tonka bean. Add a Kindle to the mix, which is waterproof, so they can read while they rest.

Blue Ameriergo Under Desk Foot Rest

Ameriergo Under-Desk Foot Rest

SELF's associate special projects director Hannah Pasternak, who moonlights as an avid writer, recommends a rounded foot cushion like this soft, adjustable one. “My foot cushion; what would I do without thee?” she says. “It helps me stay really physically comfortable—otherwise my knees get achy and my legs get almost swollen-feeling.”

Brown Rite In The Rain AllWeather TopSpiral Notebook on white background

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Top-Spiral Notebook

Here's a waterproof notepad to ensure that their brilliant shower thoughts (or hiking thoughts) get written down upon ideation.

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Home Chef Gift Subscription

Meal kits ensure that even the busiest folks have time to eat nourishing, home-cooked meals. Thankfully there is no shortage of kits out there, but how do you know which one is best for the busy writer in your life? Home Chef was praised by our commerce editor —who is also a writer—for its convenience (pre-portioned ingredients), overall ease (everything is thrown together in 30 minutes or less), and taste. 

Cost: Meals start at $7 per serving (choose from two or four servings) and can even be customized for an additional fee; different meal options are available on the site . Delivery is free for orders over $49 and $10 for anything less than that amount.

Pink and light wood Most Modest Cody Desktop Organizer

Most Modest Cody Desktop Organizer

Here's a minimalist organizer for all their writing tchotchkes. It keeps everything arranged at eye level so they don't have to rifle around their desk drawers for a pen. 

Black Pilot G2 Premium Refillable  Retractable Rolling Ball Gel Pen on white background

Pilot G2 Premium Refillable & Retractable Rolling Ball Gel Pens

Widely hailed on the internet as the best pen, the Pilot G2 rollerball has generated an impressive online fandom —and for good reason. This pen writes smoothly, doesn't smudge (left-handed people, rejoice!), and is long-lasting. Chances are your writer friend already has one, but you know they'll need a restock eventually.

White Yamazaki Round Headphone Stand holding white and brown headphones on black desk

Yamazaki Round Headphone Stand

An organized, clear desk might help them stay on-task if they're working under a deadline. This streamlined, Japanese-designed headphone stand keeps their favorite pair close by and ensures that they don't get knotted, bent, or broken.

Silver Rain Design iLevel2 Adjustable Height Laptop Stand on white background

Rain Design iLevel2 Adjustable Height Laptop Stand

One SELF staffer has relied on this laptop stand for working from home. It props your computer at an angle that's easy on your neck and eyes, and it has a slider to make angling the elevation seamless.

Olive green water bottle

Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle with Flex Cap

Staying hydrated might be one of the most annoying things writers have to keep up with (so many trips to the bathroom!), but that doesn't mean it isn't literally essential to their well-being. A no-frills insulated water bottle is a nice gift—even better if it comes with a call from you every hour to remind them to take a sip. Kidding. Please don't do that. 

Black Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro on white background

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

Our SELF commerce editor Malia Griggs loves this magnetic keyboard that attaches to her iPad: “It transforms my iPad into something I can take to coffee shops to work and write. It's sleek, well-designed, and it has a trackpad." It doubles as a protective case too.

Light blue and silver Branch Ergonomic Chair

Branch Ergonomic Chair

To go along with their stately writer's desk (or nook), a highly ergonomic chair is a must. Branch's is a rare combination of aesthetically pleasing and functional. It offers eight points of adjustment for even the most finicky of sitters, a contoured upper backrest, and firm lumbar support.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Mask with 10.5 Squalane

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Mask

When they're exhausted, doing a skin care routine might be close to the last thing on their mind—if not the last. This overnight face mask from Kiehl's is this SELF's commerce writer's go-to hydrating product for late nights. I've written previously that this mask “exists to ensure your tired, hungover skin never sees the light of day.” Plus, after cleansing, it's the only product your friend needs to bother slathering on before they hit the hay.

Marigold and silver Caraway Whistling Tea Kettle on white background

Caraway Whistling Tea Kettle

Hot tea and coffee are essential writing accessories. In order to make their perfect brew, they'll need a kettle that's up to the task. Our hot take is that whistling stovetop teapots are better (and way cuter) than trendy electric options. This one from Caraway comes in a handful of cottagecore-esque hues that will make them want to show it off in their kitchen. 

Book of the Month Giftcard

Book of the Month Club Gift Subscription

Book of the Month

Chances are, your writer is a book lover . To keep their vocabulary in tip-top shape, hone their unique writing style, and help them craft their own characters and storylines, a Book of the Month Club subscription makes a great gift. The book club allows them to choose hardcovers or paperbacks from a selection of five books every month.

Cost: A 3-month gift subscription is $50; 6 months is $100; 1 year is $180.

Green Grammarly logo on white background

Grammarly Subscription

A little known fact is that the Beatles hit  “With a Little Help From My Friends” is actually about writers and their relationship with Grammarly. (Kidding.) The helpful AI service gives corrections and tips for optimizing and editing writing , from sentence structure to word choice. Though Grammarly doesn't offer gift cards, you can purchase Grammarly Premium on their behalf for total access to the company's helpful services.

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Professional authors chime in on gift ideas for writers—both during the holidays and any time of year.

If you’re looking for the best gifts for writers in your life, look no further. There are lots of great gifts for creative writers—you just need to get in a writer’s head. With the help of some lovely authors, we’ve compiled this list of the best gifts for writers. Whether you’re wrapping presents for a poet, novelist, essayist, journalist, screenwriter, or experimental author, one of these unique gifts for writers is sure to satisfy.

Check out these 35 gift ideas for writers in your life.

Note: This is not an affiliate article. The items below are based on recommendations from authors we surveyed, including: Lori Goshert-Shokirov, Katherine Martinelli, Julie Vick, Shana Westlake, Kate Wehr, Caitlin Manner, Shannon Lee, Risa N. McDonell, Nandita Godoble, and Cindy Marie Jenkins. Many thanks to them!

The 35 Best Gifts for Writers

These gifts for writers are sure to delight the author in your life.

1. Online Writing Courses

One of the best gifts for writers is a writing course or workshop to help them develop their writing craft. writers.com offers dozens of unique, delightful writing courses across fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Check out the full course schedule to find what will work best for the writer in your life. 

You can gift any Writers.com course , or purchase a gift card for any amount of course credit.

best gifts for writers gift card to Writers.com course

(If the writer in your life is working on a novel, our self-guided class  The Successful Novel makes the perfect gift!) 

2. A Hotel Room for the Weekend

Cheryl Strayed, author of The Wild, often binge writes in a hotel room for days at a time. A hotel stay frees the writer from parenting duties and responsibilities at home. It gives the writer the time to focus on finishing a manuscript or making notes on a memoir. The uninterrupted time is priceless, even if it’s just for a day. Find hotel deals on a website like Kayak.com. And remember, the hotel room doesn’t have to be far away: it’s a quiet, productive space for the writer to produce their best work.

3. Fountain Pen with Ink

Some writers prefer to pen their thoughts the old school way — with pen and paper. Writer Jordan Rosenfeld loved receiving this gift during the holiday season. Make it feel like a special experience by gifting a fountain pen and ink to the writer in your life. There is nothing like a smooth pen gliding across a crisp sheet of paper, which makes this one of the best gifts for writers out there.

fountain pen gifts for writers

4. Subscriptions to Writerly Magazines

Lori Goshert-Shokirov loves that her father gifts her annual subscriptions to magazines like The Paris Review , Creative Nonfiction , and The New Yorker . It is a great way for writers to get inspired by essays, columns, poetry, and many hidden gems. These unique gifts for writers are valuable ways to remember the writer in your life and offer them something that brings more depth to their craft.

5. Writing Retreat

A writing retreat is a great way for a writer to make headway and progress on a manuscript or other long-term project. Many writing retreats span a week or two, and it can offer a writer a real chance to work in solitude and engage with other colleagues on writing-related activities. Retreats can be expensive and are often application based, but paying for a writer to go on retreat stands as one of the best gifts for writers possible.

6. Laptop Stand and Other Office Accessories

Over time, sitting too much at your desk can cause chronic pain and health issues. Writers might appreciate a laptop stand so they aren’t spending all day in a stationary position. Writer Katherine Martinelli’s goal is making her space feel more comfortable. She says, “A laptop stand, ergonomic keyboard, nice desk chair, chair pillow to help with posture — these are all things I’ve gifted myself and/or my mom (a writer). My husband got me an office chair.” Whatever you buy, prioritizing an author’s comfort will generate some wonderful gift ideas for writers.

gifts for writers chair pillow

7. Lego Typewriter

If you’re looking to splurge on the writer in your life, writer Julie Vick recommends the Lego typewriter , priced at $200. Modeled after a vintage 1950 model with movable type, this typewriter brings a sense of fun and nostalgia to any writer’s office space.

best gifts for writers lego typewriter

8. Aqua Notes

Some writers do their best thinking in the shower. Aqua Notes is a unique gift for writers that can help them get their thoughts down before the water turns off. It’s a 40-page notepad that is completely waterproof and can be used in the shower, near the bath or out in the rain. A standout gift idea for its surprising usefulness.

gift ideas for writers aqua notes

9. Pencil Chocolate

A hard day of writing definitely deserves a reward. Gift the writer in your life this pencil-themed chocolate from Present and Correct. It is Scotland-made chocolate-infused cedar and pine covered with cocoa nibs. It’s the best kind of treat at the end of the day, and it helps your writer celebrate reaching their daily word count. Among unique gifts for writers, this may be the tastiest.

pencil chocolate gifts for writers

10. Writer’s Tears Whiskey

You don’t need to be Truman Capote or Dorothy Parker to enjoy a good whiskey. If it helps get words on the page, Writer’s Tears Whiskey might be just the drink for the writers in your life.

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11. Meditation Apps

In addition to being healthy for anyone, centering activities like journaling and meditation can provide wellsprings of creative inspiration. Meditation apps like Calm or Headspace offer month-by-month subscriptions. Free trials are available for writers who want to try the apps before committing to a monthly or yearly subscription.

12. Gift Certificate for Home Cleaning

A clean home will make a writer procrastinate less and write more. A writer can’t use the excuse of dirty dishes in the sink or the need to fold laundry to avoid their writing. Shana Westlake recommends a gift certificate for home cleaning, and I have to agree with her recommendation. I feel like I have more freedom to write when my house is clean. For writers who just need their writing space organized, you could hire a home organizer to help them deep clean their space.

13. Meal Delivery Kits

Writing momentum sometimes comes at unexpected times, and there might be no time to stop and make lunch or dinner. Writer Kate Wehr says, “I got gifted a meal delivery kit as a birthday thing and now I’m obsessed. It’s so nice to have a basic dinner plan ready to go 2- 4 nights a week where I don’t have to think about cooking all day (yay, writing brain space) and in a pinch, I can even hand a recipe card to my spouse and plop a bag on the counter. It’s a huge time saver I never would have bought on my own.” This is an out-of-the-box gift that most writers would love to receive.

14. Fingerless Gloves

In the winter, especially in the morning, writers may have trouble with their fingers cramping or moving too slow. And when writing inspiration strikes, it isn’t a task to postpone. These Jane Austen-themed fingerless gloves might be the exact thing the writer in your life needs, as they keep both blood and words flowing through the fingers. Writer Caitlin Manner says fingerless gloves help with her cold stiff hands and her Raynaud’s syndrome.

jane austen fingerless gloves gifts for creative writers

15. Bluetooth Headphones

If you’re a writer who shares space with other family members, silence is likely impossible. Lori Goshert-Shokirov says “Having wireless headphones is a game-changer for me”; they’re often sound-proof, they don’t have distracting wires, and it’s easy to get lost in the page when you barely notice you’re wearing them. Some options include Apple Airpods, or a less expensive option like Lanteso TWS Bluetooth Earbuds.

16. Books on Writing

Books on writing make great gifts for aspiring writers, as a writer can open any of these works to find inspiration. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird , Stephen King’s On Writing , and Steven Pressfield’s  The War of Art are tried-and-true works that come to mind. I personally love Austin Kleon’s Keep Going and Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays . This might be one of the best inexpensive Christmas gifts for writers in your life.

bird by bird anne lamott best gifts for writers

17. Gift Card to a Local Bookstore

Go local and support a community bookstore. Writers love these local gems where, on top of books, they can find special writing knickknacks and other unique tchotchkes. Sometimes just visiting an indie store inspires a writer to come up with new plots or writing ideas. Use Indiebound’s bookstore finder to locate independent bookstores in your state or city.

18. Blank Journals

Most writers love blank journals, and you can never have enough of them! I personally love a new journal, and I’m always excited to write in new pages because it feels like a fresh beginning. I especially love the leather bound journals from Soothi. These journals can be customized and personalized with initials or a special phrase. A writer will treasure this gift before and after they’ve written in it.

blank journal gift ideas for writers

19. Post-It Notes

Sticky notes can be insanely useful, as many writers often have brilliant ideas and forget to write them down. Plus, a writer can push through writer’s block by placing positive affirmations around their writing space. I have a fun cube called the Poppin Sticky Memo Ball that sits near my desk. When a thought about a flash fiction story or a nonfiction piece comes to mind, I grab a sticky note so I don’t forget. Alternatively, it could be used for a positive affirmation. On a recent note, I wrote, “You got this!” and placed it next to my laptop as a reminder.

20. Charging Stand

Many writers rely on their phones to conduct interviews, post on social media, jot notes and poems, or take photographs to accompany a story. In the rush of getting words on the page, it’s important that your writer’s phone can last the writing journey. This charging stand is especially handy since it charges multiple devices at once.

21. Author-Themed Candles

Writers often love rituals. A part of the routine might mean lighting a candle in their space, and author theme candles can make a space feel ripe for writing. Check out these candles from Uncommon Goods — they have everything from The Great Gatsby to Pride and Prejudice . Writer Shannon Lee loves her Langston Hughes candle , which she received as a gift from Harlem Candle Company.

22. Funny Pencils

Most writers could use a daily dose of humor. Writer Risa N. McDonell says, “Whiskey River Soap Company makes hilarious Astrology Pencils (a different box for each sign) and a great set of Pencils for Writer’s Block (e.g., “Try Vodka” and “Add a Vampire”). I have a set of pencils that I pull out occasionally to remind myself to laugh (especially during hard writing days).” These fun, unique gifts for writers will keep them joyful through the writing process.

funny pencils

23. Tea Tasting Kits

Some writers like to begin their writing routine with a warm cup of tea to ease into the page, and many writers I know won’t begin their practice without either tea or coffee. Writer Nandita Godoble recommends tea tasting kits as a great gift for writers.

tea tasting kits

24. Writing-Themed Mugs

I have an entire shelf of writer’s mugs. I cannot get enough of them, and the writers in your life could use one more mug, too. Kate Wehr says “I get writing and editing-themed mugs, shirts and coffee shop cards. Works for me! Inexpensive and they’ll get used frequently.” I have a few mugs I adore and regularly use my “Words Matter” coffee cup.

writing themed mugs christmas gifts for writers

25. Writing-Themed Cards

The best gifts for writers should be paired with the best cards. Writer Cindy Marie Jenkins recommends writing-themed cards like “I Love You to the Bookstore and Back” and “Read Books and Chill.” In addition to cards, stickers and totes are also available at Pretty Peacock Paperie. 26. Temporary Writer Tattoo

Maybe the writer in your life doesn’t want to commit to the pain of permanent ink, but would love a few temporary tattoos as a source of inspiration. These temporary tattoos from Litographs showcase different sayings, from classics like Pride and Prejudic e, Jane Eyre , Walden , and others. When the writer in your life is stuck in a writing rut, they can look at her wrist for instant inspiration.

27. Writer Shot Glasses

Why not make writing more fun with author-inspired shot glasses ? These shot glasses from The Unemployed Philosophers Guide feature Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill, W. B. Yeats, and Charles Baudelaire. They will make great gifts for writers as a colorful addition to your writer’s bar—either as decor or a shot when you feel like celebrating a win.

28. Comfortable Pajamas

Your favorite writer likely stays home to read a book or spends time typing on their laptop. They may want to lounge or work in comfy pajamas. These writing-themed pajamas from CafePress feature quotes from authors and top 10 grammar pet peeves, making them the comfiest gifts for writers.

29. Writer’s Clock

Sometimes inspiration to work on your writing project comes from the most unexpected places. This writer’s clock from Zazzle represents the writing process in a true, humorous way. Everything from “revise” to “cry” to “wait” lets your writer move through their writing day with a sense of humor.

best gifts for writers zazzle clock

30. Neck and Back Massager

The writer in your life likely spends long hours at their desk. Sitting for so long brings aches and pains that a nice neck and back massage might alleviate. This massager offers a deep tissue massage and is also portable to use, not only at your office chair, but also while writing in bed.

31. Scrabble Magnets

An idea can strike anywhere for the writer, but ideas often come while they’re sipping a cup of coffee in the kitchen. These Scrabble magnets can serve as instant inspiration to create random words and come up with that next short story’s opening line.

32. Writer-Themed Bookends

Every writer has several books scattered all throughout the house. Having these writer bookends could immediately give a bookshelf an automatic facelift. They are also the kind of fun and stylish gifts for writers that any writer would love.

33. Writer Jewelry

This typewriter necklace is a fun trinket (that your writer friend might not buy on their own). These vintage letters hang on a sturdy chain and can be a comforting good luck charm. They’re great gifts for writers who need a little luck to get words on the page.

34. Photoshoot  

Every writer needs a headshot for their website. A photoshoot is a great idea, especially for the writer who needs a current snapshot for a book launch, a conference, or an update to their social media profile. Find a local photographer and make it easy for your writer friend to strike their best pose.

35. Writing Tools

Any writer can benefit from a subscription to writing tools like Grammarly, Hemingway App, Scrivener, or Pro Writing Aid. It can help the writer get an extra edge on proofreading, sentence construction, word choice, and even plot and character development. Helping your writer to actually write is certainly one of the best gifts for writers of all stripes.

Find the Best Gifts for Writers at Writers.com

Want to show the author in your life that you care? Writers.com classes make the best gifts for writers of all genres. Narrow down your shopping list with any of our upcoming creative writing courses , or purchase a gift card for future use.

Many thanks again for the input from authors Lori Goshert-Shokirov, Katherine Martinelli, Julie Vick, Shana Westlake, Kate Wehr, Caitlin Manner, Shannon Lee, Risa N. McDonell, Nandita Godoble, and Cindy Marie Jenkins.

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60 Gifts for Writers That Your Creative Friends Will Love

Finding gifts for writers sounds easy — a good fountain pen or a nice leather-bound notebook surely can’t go wrong. But while they’ll appreciate your classic writerly gifts, it doesn’t hurt to surprise them a little with something more fun yet still is a celebration of their craft. To help you out on this exciting endeavor, we’ve put together a list of 60 gifts at multiple price points for you to browse and find the perfect presents for your writer friends, or even for yourself!

Budget-friendly options ($5-$15)

1. muji gel pens ($2).

Photo showing the gel pen tip of Muji pens, in black and 0.5mm thickness

Known for their smooth gliding on the page, these Japanese gel pens are favorites among bullet journalers and notebook enthusiasts — and they make for an affordable gift that directly adds to a writer’s craft supplies. Choose a few different colors you think your friend will find useful (red pen for proofreading marks , anyone?), and you’ll have a great stocking filler or Secret Santa gift. Your environmentally-minded friends will love the fact that MUJI also sells refills , helping save plastic when you run out of ink!

2. Writerly stickers ($3-4)

Hand holding up a sticker of a tarot card showing a typewriter and titled 'The Writer'

  • Writer at Work $3
  • Master of worlds $3.25
  • Progress, not perfection $3.50
  • The Writer tarot card $3.50
  • This Barbie is a writer $4

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but fun gift that shows your loved one you believe in their writing abilities, writerly stickers are a great choice. Our sticker selection above can help the writers in your life publicly claim their writer identity, even if it’s in a small way. There are as many sticker types as there are human personalities, so choose what you think is best suited to your friend — if you don’t love the options here, there’s plenty more to browse on Redbubble and Etsy. 

3. Leuchtturm Pen Loop ($6)

Gifts for Writers | pen loops

4. Lady Macbeth's guest soap ($6)

lady macbeth's guest soap

Out, damned spot! An affordable (yet rather amusing) trinket, this pretty-yet-practical soap bar will take care of all your filth-eradicating needs — morally and otherwise.

5. The Emotion Thesaurus and others ($7 per ebook)

the emotion thesaurus books

There are only so many times people can read, “Larry was sad,” without getting sick of Larry and whatever he’s sad about. Luckily, The Emotion Thesaurus can help: it contains pages and pages of detailed body signals, facial expressions, and mental responses to use in description — all for $7 (if you buy it on Kindle). Might as well pick up its sequels while you’re at it!

6. ‘Writer at work’ door sign ($9)

A door sign over a door handle, reading 'Do not disturb: Writer at work'

Know a writer who can’t get a moment’s peace? It’s a well-established fact that having a room of one’s own to work in is crucial to a writer’s productivity and sense of welfare — and you can help your friend draw a boundary with this door sign. Like an “on air” sign for TV studios, it tells your friend’s beloved family members to be quiet, or at the very least, avoid that room for a little while. 

7. Out of Print’s Book Socks ($12)

Gifts for writers | Margaret Atwood quote socks

As Albus Dumbledore said, “One can never have enough socks.” We’re right there with him! You can find plenty of bookish socks at Out of Print — for writer friends who need a motivational boost, this pair quoting Margaret Atwood is perfect. 

8. A writing motivation poster ($12)

A framed poster over a desk that reads

9. Stress balls ($14)

creative writing on gifts

When the mental anguish of writing gets to be too much — or when one’s tired fingers could use a break — there’s nothing like a stress ball to take the edge off. This colorful three-pack is just $14, so your writer friend can keep them in multiple locations for creative stress-mergencies.

10. Tequila Mockingbird ($14)

tequila mockingbird

You know what they say: write drunk, edit sober . The drinks in this book include “The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose,” “Romeo and Julep,” “A Rum of One’s Own,” and “The Last of the Mojitos.” A guaranteed party success that will get everyone gone with the gin in no time.

11. Books about writing ($10-$15)

books about writing

The only thing better than moaning about writing is reading other authors moan about it instead. Here are a few of our favorite essay collections about the writing craft: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, and On Writing by Stephen King.

Elevated casual gifts ($15-$30)

12. aquanotes ($15).

aquanotes

If you loved Singin' In the Rain , get ready for its even-better sequel: Writin' In The Rain! The AquaNotes waterproof pad allows you to capture those elusive #showerthoughts right away. Just don’t blame us when you (or your friend) end up tripling the water bill.

13. ‘This shit writes itself’ mug ($16)

A mug with Shakespeare's face on it, looking all serious, and the quote "This shit writes itself" below

This hilarious mug will make your friend laugh when they receive it, but it will also sit alongside them as they write as a funny reminder to have a little more confidence. For fans of memes, the absurd pairing of the quote with Shakespeare’s portrait will remain endlessly entertaining.

14. Literary jigsaw puzzle ($16)

A literary puzzle comprised of book covers from must-read classics

15. The 3 A.M. Epiphany ($18)

the 3 a.m. epiphany

If 1 a.m. is for writer’s block and 2 a.m. is for pure panic, 3 a.m. is when this book comes to the rescue. With 200 carefully crafted exercises, this is a saving grace for writers everywhere. (If you want to make it a double whammy, pair it with its sequel, The 4 A.M. Breakthrough .)

16. Shakespearean insults mug ($20)

shakespearean insults mug

This “insults mug” is perfect for Shakespeare nerds and anyone craving a steaming hot cup of joe with a side of slander.

17. Writing dice ($20)

A colorful set of dice for writers. Those visible read

18. NovelTea Tins ($20)

Gifts for Writers | NovelTea Tins

Nothing beats a warm beverage to keep writers cozy in the cold season — and NovelTea’s range offers just that, along with some literary puns and bookmarks. From Pippi Oolongstocking to Sense and Senchability, you can feast your eyes on the intricate tins or buy the tea blend only.

19. Writer’s Market 100th Edition ($21 for ebook)

Gifts for Writers ? Writers Market Book

20. Papercuts ($22)

Photo of the box for Papercuts, designed in red and black.

21. Strand Books NY beanie ($22)

A beanie by Strand Books, in light purple.

Writers and indie bookshops are each other's biggest supporters — so why not gift your writer friend a piece of bookish headgear that supports NYC’s largest indie bookstore? Besides, according to the New York Times, literary hats are the new tote bags .

22. Typewriter coasters ($23)

Gifts for Writers | Typewriter Coaster

23. Personal library kit ($24)

A personal library kit, comprised of a stamp, borrow log, and neat box to hold it all.

24. Zebra Sarasa color pens ($25)

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25. “100 Essential Novels” scratch-off chart ($25)

100 books chart

This chart features 100 of the most famous English-language novels, from Don Quixote to Tree of Smoke . Not only is it a fun wall decoration, it’s also as addictive as real lottery scratchers — only this way, you'll be gaining knowledge, not losing cash.

26. Dragon fidget ring ($27)

Photo of a pair of rings, one gold and one silver, with ornate dragon details, one laying on top of the other.

Do you have a fantasy-writing friend? They’ll likely know all about powerful rings and their lords, and will appreciate slipping on this ornate dragon ring when it’s time to conjure some magic and make some progress with their writing. This cool ring is also spinnable, so fidgeters can spin it while thinking about the turn their story will take next.

27. Dramatic bookends ($29)

dramatic bookends

What happens when bookshelves get jealous of the books for stealing the spotlight? Why do books get all the glory, anyway? Add ✨drama✨ to any shelf with these bookends that are sure to stop guests in their tracks.

28. Cards Against Humanity ($29)

cards against humanity

This one might seem like a wildcard (no pun intended) in our list of otherwise very literary gifts. But when you think about it, what is CAH other than a game of spinning stories? Gift this to your most mischievous writer friends — if nothing else, it’s a great way to blow off some steam!

Solid mid-range options ($30-$50)

29. donation to a writing organization ($30 or custom).

The logo for PEN America, which reads

For activist-minded friends, minimalists, or those who insist they have everything they need, you can make a donation to a writing organization. We’re listing this at the $30 mark to get your attention, but the truth is that most organizations allow you to donate as little or as much as you like. Some of our faves include the Lambda Literary Review , which champions LGBTQ+ writers, and of course PEN America , which defends writers’ rights to free expression and ceaselessly fights against book bans. There are also Room to Read , which supports literacy among low-income communities and young girls, or the National Book Foundation , which celebrates literature published in the United States.

30. Literary tote bags ($31)

Woman in a yellow dress holding a blue Le Petit Prince tote bag.

31. The Story Engine ($33)

The Story Engine card deck box

32. Paddywax Library Candles ($30) 

Gifts for Writers | Candles

33. Mini zen garden ($30)

mini zen garden

Writers don’t tend to be the most “zen” people in the world; they’re often either stressed about writing, or not having enough time to write. Luckily, this zen garden is just the thing to bring them a bit of inner peace — for their sake as well as yours.

34. Art print of an epic poetry classic ($30)

Art print of the Iliad by British illustrator Flaroh.

35. Storymatic ($30)

storymatic

This box has six trillion (yes, you read that right) story ideas on cards that you can mix and match. Where else would you be able to find a prompt about a hypochondriac at a class reunion talking about broken promises while looking at unflattering portraits of themselves in their yearbooks? Perfect for long road trips, or an inspiring game night for creatives.

36. New York Public Library vintage-inspired tee ($30)

Woman wearing a blue NYPL t-shirt that shows a vintage lion design

Writers are some of the most ardent believers in libraries — so buying them merch from their favorite library is a) cool, and b) a gift that supports their library of choice. Win-win-win for your friend, their library, and your status as a gift-giver.

The example above is a vintage-inspired tee from the New York Public Library’s online store. Cool, no?

37. MOFT laptop stand ($30)

Side view of a laptop stand by MOFT, in silver color

MOFT’s origami-inspired laptop stand might not be the world’s most fun gift, but it’ll certainly appeal to those who like functional presents — or those obstinate writers still hunching over a laptop screen and suffering from neck pain. Ideally paired with an external keyboard for good writing posture, this lightweight stand is a small gift that can make a great impact on your friend’s writing sessions.

38. Paris Review t-shirt ($35)

A person wearing a black Paris Review t-shirt with a circular logo.

As with the library merch, literary magazine merch works on two levels, getting your friend some literary swag and supporting the magazine in question. Here, we have a tee that says “I have impeccable literary taste” — for your well-read friends who might be hoping to place their writing in the famed Paris Review. Bonus points if they already have!

39. Immersive desk mat ($37)

Desk mat featuring gothic arches and library interiors

The dark academia trend is here to stay, but even before that was a thing, gothic literature thrived. For your writer friends who write about dark libraries, vampires, or academic cities with spires, an immersive desk mat can contribute to the immersive experience of their writing space.

40. Back cushion pillow ($40)

Cushion attached to a chair

41. ‘The Writer’ tarot card sweatshirt ($40)

Woman wearing a beige sweatshirt with a 'writer' tarot card desing

42. Dixit ($40)

dixit

Wordsmiths, here’s the game to practice your writing craft with! In Dixit, each player gets a set of illustrations, from which they have to choose one to describe when it comes their turn to be the “storyteller”. Other players then put down a card from their own deck that best matches this description, and then they have to guess which image the “storyteller” actually played. You can watch a demonstration of the gane here and see for yourself: once you start, it’s hard to stop. 

43. Luxury bath caddy ($43)

gifts for writers bath caddy

44. Personalized sundial compass ($49)

An ornate vintage-style compass on a green background.

If you were writing about an epic hero’s journey or an adventure across a fantastical world, wouldn’t you love to have an ornate compass on your desk? Fans of Philip Pullman’s The Northern Lights trilogy will especially appreciate this sundial compass’ mystique, as they’ll be reminded of the famous aletheiometer from the novels. For writers who need to remember not to lose their way in the challenging lands of a first draft, a compass can help point them back to shelter.

45. Gingko’s Smart Book Light ($49) 

Gifts for Writers | Book Lamp

“Splurge” items ($50-$100)

46. george saunders’ story club ($50).

Story club logo

Celebrated short story writer, novelist, and writing tutor George Saunders has run this newsletter and reading/writing online community since December 2021. A gift subscription can give your friend a year’s access to a master’s insights for just $50. The club reads through classic short stories, breaking down how they do what they do, extracting craft insights, and discussing the life of writers through weekly Q&As with one of America’s most successful writers.

47. Lochby Field Journal ($59)

Photo of the interior of the Lochby field journal, showing multiple pockets and refillable inserts

48. Banker’s lamp ($77)

banker lamps as gifts for writers

49. Vintage book laptop cover ($80)

vintage book laptop cover

If the wordsmith in your life is a Mac user, consider treating them to this stylish, retro laptop case from BookBook. They’ll feel like an old-school literary luminary, but with modern tech right at their fingertips!

50. Leather journal ($90)

Photo of a leather journal with a rose quartz on the cover, held up in the light in front of trees.

Know someone who’s working on a huge fantasy epic? This 600-page leather-bound journal will be right up their street. It literally looks like a prop from a fantasy movie, and holds a rose quartz on the front cover — if this isn’t a journal to conjure a new world into, we don’t know what is.

Deluxe gifts ($100+)

51.  nuphy air75 m echanical keyboard ($129).

The Nuphy Air7 keyboard against a blue background.

In the tech community, mechanical keyboards are all the rage, renowned for an extremely satisfying tactile experience for typists. Well, joke’s on them, because writers do more typing than anybody else, with the average novel being 70,000-100,000 words long, not including deleted chapters, revisions, or rewrites. With that in mind, we’ve picked out a retro-inspired keyboard that will look great on your friend’s writing desk and make the typing a lot more enjoyable. You’ll be scoring some serious points.

52. Kindle ($140)

Kindle in use

53. Personalized Book Embosser ($141)

Embosser tool against a bright green and blue background

For writers growing their personal library, a personalized book embosser can be the perfect custom gift. No more lending books to people who “forget” the books were yours in the first place: just tell them to turn to page 2, it’s got your name on it. 

This is a gift that’s gone a little viral on TikTok, and it’s not surprising that the company offers you a deal for a bundle of two — it’s hard to buy one for someone else and not grab one for yourself! They have frequent offers, so do keep an eye out for discounts.

54. Print subscription to The New Yorker ($170/year)

New yorker print version, alongside a device open on their website, alongside a new yorker tote.

55. NYPL Hunt-Lenox Globe ($350)

The Hunt-Lenox globe replica set on a desk.

For dark academia decor enthusiasts, dragon lovers, or New York Public Library megafans, we’ve got a brilliant decor gift: a replica of the NYPL’s Hunt-Lenox globe. According to the NYPL website, the original globe, dating back to approximately 1510, “is one of only two known instances of a historical map using the phrase “HC SVNT DRACONES” (‘here be dragons’).” Set on your writer friend’s desk, this is an incredibly cool object to stare at while they plan the next steps of their writing project.

56. Jarvis bamboo standing desk ($938)

standing desk

If you really want to treat an awesome writer in your life, go all-out with this luxury bamboo standing desk from Jarvis. With smoothly adjustable legs and ample room for laptop, notes, and countless cups of tea, this desk is absolutely worth its price tag — both in terms of utility and health benefits. It may even have your friend dedicating their next book to you out of gratitude.

57. ‘How to Write a Novel,’ a writing course by Reedsy ($1250)

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As students work through 101 days of daily lessons, they can use our members’ hub to meet other authors writing in their genre, exchange feedback, and discuss each lesson. Each week of the course brings a live webinar with Tom, writing coaches, and fellow students, as well as interviews with successful authors. 

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58. Mosby writing desk ($1700)

A sleek and modern wooden desk, next to an office chair and plant

This deluxe gift for a writer will remind them of you every time they sit down to write.

59. International Writers’ Retreat in the Himalayas ($3300)

View from the Himalayas Writing Retreat. It's beautiful countryside, with imposing snowy peaks toward the distance.

60. Paris Writing Workshop ($ 3495)

The front of the Shakespeare and Co Parisian bookshop

These items have been chosen independently by the team at Reedsy, but if you buy something through our post, we may get a small share of the sale. We hope you found what you were looking for! If you're still on the hunt for the perfect literary gift, check out this list of the 60 best gifts for book lovers .

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Gifts for Writers: 101 Top Picks and Creative Ideas

By: Author Paul Jenkins

Posted on September 9, 2023

Categories Writing , Inspiration

Finding the perfect gift for the writers in your life can be a daunting task, as their creative nature may demand something unique and thoughtful. From aspiring novelists to seasoned journalists, every writer appreciates gifts that spark their creativity, streamline their writing process, or simply make their day-to-day lives a bit more comfortable.

In this article, we’ll explore a range of gift ideas that cater to different preferences and needs, ensuring you’ll find just the right present for any writer you may be shopping for.

Having the right tools and environment can make a significant difference in a writer’s productivity and enjoyment of their craft. Therefore, our recommendations will focus on gifts that help enhance comfort and creativity, as well as those that provide practical support for the writing process itself.

We will also consider some unique and personalized gifts that truly stand out, plus gift card ideas that give your favorite writer the freedom to explore and discover new sources of inspiration.

Key Takeaways

  • Choose gifts that enhance comfort and spark creativity for your favorite writer
  • Consider practical tools and items that support the writing process
  • Explore unique and personalized gift ideas, plus gift cards for added flexibility

101 Gift Ideas for Writers

Before we dive into detailed ideas for writer gifts, here’s a mega list of 101 ideas to inspire you:

  • Leather journal or notebook
  • Elegant paperweight
  • Writing desk accessories like a letter opener or paper clip holder
  • Personalized stamps
  • Reading pillow
  • Book light or reading lamp
  • Ereader or tablet
  • Audible subscription for audiobooks
  • Dictionary or thesaurus
  • Magazine subscription
  • Classes on writing skills or creative writing
  • Conference or workshop registration
  • Laptop stand
  • External keyboard
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Flash drive
  • Power bank charger
  • Coffee gift card
  • Tea or hot chocolate sampler
  • Wine tumbler
  • Snack basket
  • Subscription box for snacks
  • Gift card for takeout food delivery
  • Housecleaning service
  • Online writing or grammar classes
  • Productivity planner
  • Desktop organization accessories
  • Digital calendar
  • Writing software like Scrivener
  • Editing software like Grammarly
  • Online course on self-publishing
  • Books on writing craft, genres, inspiration
  • Magazine on writing like The Writer or Poets & Writers
  • Book on productivity hacks for writers
  • Adult coloring book and pens
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • Cozy socks or slippers
  • Digital voice recorder for dictation
  • White noise machine
  • Digital picture frame loaded with inspiration
  • Encouraging notes or boxed inspiration cards
  • Handwritten lyrics or quotes art print
  • Custom return address stamp
  • Tote bag or backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Post-it notes
  • External monitor
  • Label maker
  • Tape dispenser and tapes
  • Sticky notes cube
  • Mini stapler
  • Paper clip dispenser
  • Binder clips
  • Cable management box
  • Desk caddy for supplies
  • Drawer organizers for supplies
  • Printable writing prompts
  • Motivational desktop sign
  • Gift certificate for editing services
  • Online portfolio or website domain and hosting
  • Social media consultancy
  • Author website design
  • Professional author headshots
  • Book cover design
  • ISBN purchase
  • Professional query letter evaluation
  • Custom book plates for published book
  • Media training for authors
  • Register copyrights for manuscript
  • Professional bio writing
  • Query tracker spreadsheet
  • Book marketing consultancy
  • Custom bookmarks or bookplates
  • Business cards
  • Media kit design
  • Custom swag with book cover
  • Novel outlining software or workbook
  • Duplicating services for manuscripts
  • Research books related to book topic
  • Password keeper
  • Encrypted flash drive
  • Thank you cards with envelopes
  • Tickets to a writers conference
  • Registration for a writers retreat
  • Scholarly database subscription
  • Reference books like dictionaries and style guides
  • Custom embosser
  • Money to fund their writing sabbatical

Gifts for Comfort and Creativity

Coffee mugs and novel teas.

As a writer, you’ll often find yourself fueling your creativity with a warm cup of coffee or tea. Consider adding some unique coffee mugs to your collection or trying out some novel tea blends to spice up your daily routine. These gifts for writers can make your workspace more enjoyable and inspire your creative process.

  • Quirky coffee mugs : Choose mugs featuring famous literary quotes, characters, or vintage book covers to express your writer’s personality.
  • Themed tea blends : Look for teas inspired by your favorite books or authors – they make for great conversation starters and can complement your writing sessions with delightful flavors.

Yoga Accessories

Taking care of your body and mind is essential for any writer. Yoga is a perfect way to unwind, stretch, and focus your thoughts. Consider incorporating yoga accessories into your daily routine:

  • Yoga mats : If you don’t already have one, invest in a high-quality and comfortable yoga mat.
  • Yoga blocks and straps : These tools can help you improve your flexibility and perform more advanced poses, so don’t shy away from adding them to your collection.
  • Yoga-inspired books : There are numerous instructional books and guides on yoga aimed at writers, which can teach you poses and techniques to enhance your mental clarity and productivity.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Sometimes you need to eliminate distractions to focus on your writing. Noise-canceling headphones can be a game-changer by helping you create a more peaceful writing environment. They muffle background noise, allowing you to concentrate on your work without being disturbed.

Pick a pair that offers superb audio quality and a comfortable fit for extended wear. You’ll be amazed at the difference these headphones can make in your writing routine.

Gifts for the Writing Process

Quality pens.

A good pen is essential for any writer. It allows you to jot down your thoughts and ideas smoothly and with precision. Invest in a quality pen that suits your writing style and is comfortable to hold for long periods.

Notebooks and Notepads

Writers need a place to record their ideas, outlines, and drafts. Consider giving them a durable notebook or notepad, so they can easily capture their thoughts whenever inspiration strikes. Leuchtturm1917 offers a variety of stylish and high-quality notebooks that many writers love.

Books on Writing

Helping a writer improve their craft is an invaluable gift. Guide them on their journey by offering books on writing. For instance, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr and The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith are excellent choices for writers working on memoirs.

Writing Courses

Another way to help a writer develop their skills is to gift them a writing course. Writers.com offers a wide range of courses taught by experienced authors. This allows your writer friend to learn new techniques, receive personalized feedback, and make valuable connections in the writing community.

Do you know someone who gets their best ideas in the shower? Equip them with Aqua Notes , a waterproof notepad that allows them to record their thoughts while they’re in the shower. With Aqua Notes, no brilliant idea will ever go down the drain.

Unique Gifts for Writers

Adult coloring books.

Adult coloring books can be a great stress-reliever and source of inspiration for writers. With intricate designs and patterns, they encourage creative thinking while providing relaxation. Coloring books come in various themes, so you can easily find one that appeals to the writer in your life.

Magnetic Poetry

Magnetic poetry sets are a fun, inventive gift for writers. These sets consist of magnetic words and phrases that can be arranged and rearranged on any magnetic surface. They offer a unique way for writers to brainstorm ideas, create original stories or poems, and experiment with language. Whether it’s for a laugh or a focused exercise, magnetic poetry is an entertaining tool that can spark creativity.

Tequila Mockingbird Book

Tequila Mockingbird is a delightful cocktail recipe book with a literary twist. Featuring a mix of classic literature-themed cocktails, such as “Romeo and Julep” and “A Midsummer Night’s Beam,” this book is perfect for writers who appreciate a clever pun and a tasty beverage. Combined with other classic novels, it can make for a unique gift set that any writer will appreciate.

Custom T-Shirts

A custom t-shirt is a versatile gift that allows you to showcase a writer’s personality and interests. With numerous design options available, you can create a shirt that features a witty quote, an iconic author, or a beloved literary character. Personalized t-shirts are both fashionable and functional, making them a thoughtful gift for writers who want to celebrate their love for the written word.

Gift Cards for Writers

As a gift option for the writer in your life, gift cards can provide them with the opportunity to choose the perfect item that suits their unique needs. In this section, we will explore three types of gift cards that are sure to please any writer: Etsy gift cards, writing retreat gift cards, and subscription gift cards.

Etsy Gift Cards

Etsy is a treasure trove of unique and creative items made by passionate artisans. Giving an Etsy gift card to your favorite writer allows them to explore a wide variety of writing tools, personalized stationery, and inspirational artwork. This flexibility ensures the perfect gift selection, tailored to the individual’s taste and style.

Writing Retreat Gift Cards

A writing retreat can be a game-changer for an aspiring author, providing a focused and serene environment in which they can fully immerse themselves in their craft. Many writing retreats offer gift card options, enabling you to provide your writer with a rejuvenating and inspiring experience. Do some research to find a suitable retreat in a beautiful location and reach out to them about purchasing a gift card for your writer friend.

Subscription Gift Cards

Many subscription services cater to writers, offering curated writing resources, programs, and even workshops. Subscription gift cards to services like Scribbler , MasterClass , or Writer’s Digest can provide ongoing support, valuable resources, and inspiration for your favorite writer. With a subscription gift card, they can enjoy convenient access to these services and continue to hone their skills over time.

In summary, gift cards are a versatile and personalized option for writers, offering them the opportunity to choose the perfect item, experience, or resource that suits their needs and aspirations. With Etsy, writing retreat, or subscription gift cards, you can confidently give a thoughtful and meaningful gift to the writer in your life.

Concluding the Writer’s Gift Guide

As you explore the various gift ideas for writers, remember that the perfect present is one that truly speaks to the recipient’s interests and passions. In this gift guide, we’ve compiled a range of options to suit any writer’s preferences, whether they’re searching for inspiration, organization, or a touch of literary flair.

When you’re shopping for the ideal gift, consider the writer’s creative process and any challenges they might face. For example, some writers might appreciate products that help with writer’s block, while others may be eager to explore new methods for nurturing their focus and mindfulness.

As you sell your chosen writer’s gift, pay attention to presentation and quality. Ensuring your present is beautifully packaged and well-crafted can make all the difference in showing your appreciation for the writer in your life.

Ultimately, the goal is to provide a thoughtful and practical gift that supports the writer’s passion and creative journey. By using the suggestions in this gift guide, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect gift that will make a lasting impression on the writer on your shopping list.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some unique gifts for authors.

Consider gifting personalized items like customized notebooks , or encourage creativity with a set of exploratory topic cards designed to free the writer within.

Which budget-friendly presents can I give to a writer?

Budget-friendly gifts for writers can include nice pens, stylish bookmarks, or practical items like a planner or organizer. Online writing workshops and affordable e-books can also be well-appreciated.

What are the best gifts for female writers?

Gifts tailored to a female writer’s specific taste, such as personalized journal covers, inspirational quote wall art, or writing-themed jewelry, can be great choices. You can also consider gifts that foster a comfortable and inspiring working environment, like aromatic candles or a cozy blanket.

What luxurious items make great gifts for writers?

High-end writing instruments, a leather-bound writing journal, or a comfortable chair could make for a luxurious gift. Another option is treating them to a writing retreat weekend or enrolling them in premium writing courses.

Which gifts are perfect for friends who enjoy writing?

Finding a gift for friends who enjoy writing is an opportunity to provide them with something that enhances their creative process. Ergonomic mice or laptop stands, personalized writing materials, and writing prompt books can all make thoughtful gifts.

What popular gifts for writers can be found on Amazon?

Popular gifts for writers on Amazon may include best-selling writing books, customizable writing tools, laptop sleeves, or adjustable desk accessories. Additionally, you could explore their wishlist for specific items they might be interested in.

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Short on time? Our picks for the best gifts for writers are the  Writer’s Toolbox & Light Me While Writing Candle .

Help your favorite writer thrive when inspiration strikes with one of the best gifts for writers.

What is the best gift you can give to a writer? Well, you’re asking the right person– I am, after all, a writer.

Just like books, writers come in all different genres. 

The best gifts for poets might not be the same as the best gifts for creative writers. The best gifts for someone who writes short stories might differ from the best gifts for an author of historical novels. 

Ultimately, every writer needs a good pen, a handful of Post-it notes, and an empty notebook. But maybe you want to go above and beyond for the writer in your life. That’s where this list of gift ideas comes in.

I’ve tracked down a treasure trove of personalized gifts for writers that are sure to delight every type of wordsmith.

Whether you’re looking for writing accessories, subscriptions, decor accessories, or pieces of furniture– these are the best gifts for writers.

Best Gifts for Writers

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#1 Light Me While Writing Candle 

Product photo for the Light Me While Writing Candle.

When you’re looking for gifts for writers, one great idea is something that can help elevate their writing space. 

Candles make great gifts for writers during the holiday season and beyond. For example, I find lighting a candle changes my whole writing experience. The ‘write’ ambiance can make a major difference. 

This Light Me While Writing Candle has instructions in its title. It’s the perfect gift to help writers stay calm during stressful periods of writer’s block. 

The best part is that you can choose the scents: comfort spice, sea breeze, and vanilla bean. 

If you want even more options, this seller also offers other candle options within the same writing theme, such as Storytelling and Smells Like a Good Idea .

#2 Writer’s Toolbox

Product photo for the Writer's Toolbox.

Does anyone else cringe at the saying, ‘get your creative juices flowing’?

But the meaning behind the phrase is important. Some days when I sit down to write, I feel stuck.

Writer’s block is bound to happen at some point in any writing process. 

That’s why gift ideas that help combat writer’s block make some of the best gifts for aspiring writers and season professionals alike.

The Writer’s Toolbox is like a writer’s emergency pack to save them from writer’s block.

It comes with 60 cards, each bearing a prompt or creative game designed specifically to help writers fix plot holes, spice up characters, and rethink content themes. 

Many writers love to get creative ideas and writing prompts. This is an ideal gift for getting started or getting unstuck.

#3 Magnetic Poetry Original Kit

Product photo for the Magnetic Poetry Original Kit.

If the writer you’re shopping for is a poet, a Magnetic Poetry Kit is a surefire winner.

Then again, I’m not a poet, and I love this gift idea for writers. It’s sure to inspire creativity and spark story ideas. 

These magnetic word pieces stick to any stainless steel surface. This kit’s flexibility and versatility can help an aspiring writer mix words around to get a feel for word choice and sentence structure.

They say Madonna used one of these kits to write her song “Candy Perfume Girl.”

Who knows–maybe new ideas or hit singles are waiting on your writer’s fridge. 

#4 Emotion Thesaurus 

Product photo for the Emotion Thesaurus book.

 As a word nerd, I use a thesaurus consistently, and I firmly believe that a thesaurus is vital to any writer’s toolkit.

This specific thesaurus aims to convey emotion to readers in a remarkable and compelling way.

Nothing makes a writer happy like finding the perfect word. And a unique word is even better!

A gift that’s bound to give the creative writer in your life creative inspiration? That’s guaranteed to be a hit.

#5 RocketBook Reusable Notebook

Product photo for the RocketBook Reusable Notebook.

Remember how I said one of the best gifts for writers is an empty notebook? Well, this is a continuously empty notebook.

With the Rocketbook notepad , you write on paper and then scan the notes you’ve taken into the Rocketbook app with your phone. 

After that, you wipe the page clean and start fresh!

While it’s not a waterproof notepad, it’s thin and portable. 

Purchasing the standard letter-size notebook comes with a compatible pen and microfiber cloth to help keep the notebook in good condition. A smaller notebook and mini pad are size options as well.

For the cover, you can either go for classic black or choose from fifteen other colors.

#6 Book Laptop Cover

Product photo for the Book Laptop Cover.

This laptop cover looks like an old book, so it’s an excellent gift for a writer who is also a book lover. 

I know the few times I’ve seen someone with this laptop cover in person, I’ve oohed and ahhed. There’s something so fun about modern appliances with a vintage appearance, isn’t there?

(And for those who may be big animal lovers, while this leather looks authentic, don’t worry–it’s synthetic!)

#7 Silicone Keyboard Cover

Product photo for the Silicone Keyboard Cover.

I have a confession to make: I’m a fast typer…and a loud typer.

That’s why I use a silicone keyboard cover whenever I write in public. 

It keeps my keyboard clean and protected. Plus, it does everyone in the room a favor by keeping my typing quiet.

Because you may not know exactly what size or laptop brand your giftee uses, I’ve chosen a keyboard cover that comes in a universal size.

#8 Typewriter Keyboard

Product photo for the Typewriter Keyboard.

Another way to change a writer’s typing pattern is to get them a stylized keyboard.

This Atelus Retro-Style Typewriter Keyboard forces your hands and fingers to type differently than a flat keyboard simply by its physical design.

Some writers prefer intermittently using a keyboard like this, and others may prefer using it all the time! 

Luckily, all you need to do to get it working is plug in the USB, so it’s easy to switch back and forth between uses.

It comes in classic color choices like white and black, but you also have the option to go for colorful combinations.

#9 Fountain Pen

Product photo for the Wordsworth & Black Fountain Pen.

Fountain pens are hands-down the best gift to give a writer who’s all about tradition.

This old-fashioned gift may not be the right present for everyone, but these make the best gifts for writers with a flair for the classics. 

Fountain pens are traditional presents for high school and college graduations. They also make a nice gift for a birthday or job acceptance.

This Wordsworth set includes the standard fountain pen, a jar of ink, and four other pen tips–ranging from extra fine to broad lines.

If the special writer in your life enjoys challenges, this will be one of them. I’ve tried using a fountain pen before and found it quite tricky. It’s a skill to master!

#10 Reader Sculpture

Product photo for the Encircled Reader Sculpture.

This sculpture is called The Encircled Reader . The circle leading back into the book symbolizes the writing cycle.

It’s made of iron by Dayna B. Contemporary. You can choose a male or female figure– or one of each to use as bookends. 

This unique gift is one that someone may not purchase for themselves but would appreciate receiving. 

I can picture this on a desk or as decor in a writer’s office.

#11 Writer Hoodie

Product photo for the Writer Hoodie in white.

Looking for a gift for a girl who likes to write? Or perhaps you’re shopping for a gift for a guy who likes to write? In either case, this gender-neutral hoodie makes an awesome gift, no matter who you’re shopping for!

I love writing in coffee shops just as much as I love writing at home (I mean, I’m even writing this blog post in one now). 

You’ll look the part when you sport this at your local coffee shop. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy being cozy when they write?

#12 Coasters

Product photo for the newspaper print coasters.

Having a drink next to me is a key part of my writing routine. I’ve always got something by my side, whether it’s water, coffee, or tea.

So, naturally, I always have coasters on my desk. Nice coasters tailored toward writers make the perfect present. 

These coasters use neutral colors and standard newspaper text, meaning they’ll fit into various home styles. They’re backed with cork to prevent scratching or slipping.

#13 Heated Coaster

Product photo for the Heated Coaster in white.

Is it silly to say this heated coaster changed my mornings?

Because of this coaster, I’ve cut down on so many trips to and from the microwave to reheat my coffee.

After I purchased one of these for myself, I began buying them for everyone in my life. This gift melts writing time, and the hours seem to slip by because my drink is consistently hot! 

#14 Punctuation Marks Poster

Product photo for the Punctuation Marks Poster in Kraft Brown, Chalkboard, and Vintage Cream.

Wondering what to get an editor?

Choose something like this punctuation marks poster , which honors the work that editors do every day.

Of course, it’s unlikely any editor will need these reminders because punctuation marks are probably engrained in their brain!

But this stylized design would make a great decor piece in their office or workspace.

You can choose the poster’s size, frame, and color combinations.

#15 Writer Collage Print

Product photo for the Writer Collage Print in a black frame.

This collage print is one of the best gifts for writers looking to decorate their writing space.

Based on actual vintage patents for various writing equipment, this writer’s collage print is available in a selection of different sizes and colors.

Glancing up at a poster like this during a writing session will help the writer in your life remember the tools that writers have relied on throughout history.

#16 Just Start Sign

Product photo for the 'Just Start' Sign.

This sign is the perfect gift for a writer’s desk, and the short saying has such an impact.

My college mentor gave me this advice when I was writing my thesis. I was struggling to understand the overall direction of my paper, and it was preventing me from making any progress.  My mentor would remind me just to start writing. 

If your writer friend is anything like me, they get caught up in perfectionism. This sign can be a daily reminder to shed that worry and just start where they are!

#17 Writer Mug 

Product photo for the Writer Mug.

When it comes to inexpensive gifts for writers, mugs are a good choice. They’re the type of gifts for writers and readers that they can use on the daily.

This particular mug features a print of a bookshelf displaying the spines of titles like War and Peace, Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, and others. 

Many writers appreciate the classic novels–some of which you can find on this mug.

I love traditional gifts and traditional designs, but a funny gift is always appreciated. Opt for this comical mug that states, “I’m a writer; anything you say or may be used in a story.”

If you ask writers whether they’ve ever pulled inspiration from real-life experiences for their work, I guarantee their answer will be yes. 

Psst–a mug with the heated coaster makes a great gift duo!

#18 Writer’s Clock

Writer’s Clock

Time is a writer’s greatest gift– or worst enemy! 

If the writer in your life is always racing a deadline or losing track of time at their writing desk, then this writer’s clock will be a welcome addition to their office decor.

This simple, black-and-white traditional clock features an illustration of assorted fountain pens, with the phrase “Weapons of Mass Creation,” underneath it.

Your literary loved one will appreciate this reminder of their pen’s mightiness.

#19 Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Product photo for the Blue Light Blocking Glasses.

One day a coworker of mine brought up how badly her eyes hurt from looking at her screen all day. I grabbed my blue light-blocking glasses from my bag and handed them to her.

She came back to me at the end of the day, talking about what a difference they made!

Blue light glasses like these do not have any prescriptions built in, so anyone can use them–people with perfect vision or people who wear contacts.

On the other hand, if your writer wears prescription glasses, they may already have blue light protection built in.

This pack comes with three classic pairs in three classic colors. More importantly, they come with slipcovers to protect the pair you throw in a bag for writing trips to the local coffee shop!

#20 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Product photo for the Beats Noise Cancelling Headphones.

Noise-canceling headphones are a great gift for tuning out the world. Sometimes, that’s exactly what writers need to do. 

Beats headphones connect via Bluetooth–they’re portable, and you won’t need to deal with messy cord situations. 

A quick charge of ten minutes gives you three hours of playback time (a full charge will provide you with 22 hours). 

If the pricey Beats headphones are a little out of reach for your wallet, the Srhythm NC25 Wireless Headphones are an excellent budget option offering a similar long battery life and noise-canceling capabilities.

#21 Books About Writing

Product photo for the Books About Writing.

If you’re looking for great gift ideas for writers, start with books. Writers are usually book lovers. And any book lover will love to receive more books (guilty as charged).

Books make a good gift for an author because they remind writers exactly why they love writing and how to improve. 

Maybe one of these literary gifts will resonate so deeply with the writer in your life that they bring it to their book club (or start one because of it!).

Here are a handful of titles even the most well-versed authors suggest when you need a writing pick-me-up.

If your friend spends all of their time reading, they might also like something from my guide to the best gifts for book lovers .

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#22 Book Stand

Product photo for the bamboo Book Stand.

Often we find inspiration from our favorite author, quote, or passage. 

Using this book stand will help your favorite writer friend keep their notes open without taking up too much space.

This bamboo stand comes in various size options. You can bend all sizes to five different angles, and metal prongs keep your pages open and in place.

While this book stand can hold physical books, it’d also make a great way to display papers that a writer may use to edit their work or read articles for research. 

Keeping papers upright keeps the writer in your life from having to crane their neck down to read on a flat desk surface.

#23 Laptop Stand (Swivel)

Product photo for the Laptop Stand (Swivel).

For the past few years, I had been using a clear acrylic laptop stand that could only hold my laptop on at a 90-degree angle. The aesthetic drew me in…but the functionality was not there. 

I recently purchased one of these swivel stands , and it’s changed the game for using my laptop.

Because of the various angles and directions you can position this laptop stand-in, you have so much more freedom when it comes to seeing your screen.

It makes your laptop computer feel like a desktop or a monitor, which helps when writing for extended periods.

Your favorite writer’s back and wrist will thank you too! 

#24 Space Therapy Foot Rest

Product photo for the Space Therapy Foot Rest.

You know how when you think of a particular food, you start to crave it? I think that can happen with items, too…and my feet could use this footrest right about now!

This Space Therapy Pro footrest has multiple levels, making it adjustable to different heights. You can also separate the pieces, allowing you to spread your feet apart. 

The zippered cover makes it easy to remove and wash. We can all understand why that’d be helpful!

Thoughtful gifts like these show that you’re keeping you writer friend’s comfort and well-being in mind. 

#25 Back and Neck Massager 

Product photo for the Back and Neck Massager.

Sometimes I forget that nail salon chairs aren’t the only place you can have a Shiatsu massage.

This Neck and Back Massager is simple to use at home. You can use it as a daily treat or to target specific muscle pain with its heating option.

Just like the footrest, I’m envisioning how nice this would be to have around my neck as I write this article!

#26 Lap Desk 

Product photo for the Lap Desk.

Most writers will admit they’ve worked in their bed before…I know I have. 

A perfect gift for those kinds of people is a lap desk. It’s one of the best gifts for writers who enjoy working in unconventional spaces.

This lap desk has you covered with components like an ergonomic wrist rest pad, built-in mouse pad, phone holder, and multiple height options.

Gifting a lap desk might help increase your writer’s productivity, knowing they now have the option to write anywhere.

#27 Proper Office Chair

Product photo for the Proper Office Chair.

I’ll admit, I’ve been needing a good office chair for a long time now, and I just haven’t gotten around to purchasing one. Receiving one as a gift would be a godsend for me

I’m asking you now–be that person to the writer in your life.

The only difficulty with giving this gift is you may not know what their writing space looks like or what furniture style they prefer.

However, sometimes the most basic and simple pieces make great gifts because they are the most tried and true. 

This chair will have writers comfortable enough to keep saying to themselves, “Just one more chapter…”.

#28 Standing Desk Automatic

Product photo for the Automatic Standing Desk.

If you’re trying to search out the best gift for writers, the first step is to consider where it all begins–at a writing desk. 

A great way to enhance any writing desk is to make it…versatile!

These standing desks come in two standard heights and six color combinations. They’re easily moveable and have a clean design–meaning they’re a blank canvas for the writer to decorate. 

A desk like this will encourage writers to split their writing time between sitting and standing.

It’s a practical gift that writers will be grateful for.

You can choose a manual crank or automatic to get the desk the adequate height. What do you think the writer in your life will prefer?

#29 Massage or Weekend Away

A woman lies on a white sheet on a a massage table and receives a massage with a textured wooden roller.

Let’s talk luxury gifts for writers. Sometimes what writers really need is a change of scenery.

One of the best gifts writers love is a weekend away. Book travel tickets for your writer friend and/or a place to stay for a night. 

Whether it’s a location near or far from where they live, a change from a daily routine can have a huge impact on our perspective.

The writers in your life will see this as a significant and thoughtful gift.

#30 Online Writing Classes (Writer’s Digest)

A wooden table with a laptop, phone, white mug of black coffee, notepad, and pen sitting on it.

There’s a lot to learn about writing. If you’re looking for the best gifts for budding writers or the best gifts for young writers, consider a credit to a site like Writer’s Digest. 

You could purchase a subscription to the Writer’s Digest Magazine or Writer’s Digest University classes. 

Alternative options include sites like Publisher’s Weekly, Masterclass, or a session with a writing coach. 

Even if the person you’re gifting has experience with writing, a refresher or class on writing can help them elevate their writing craft and writing career.

#31 Subscriptions (Grammarly)

Screenshot of the Grammarly website's homepage.

No matter how talented your favorite writer is, they’ve made mistakes while typing. That’s where writing tools like Grammarly come in.

Grammarly is a writing tool that reviews spelling, grammar, punctuation, and overall writing clarity. 

While there is a free version, Grammarly offers a premium membership to further elevate your writing.

While you can’t purchase a Grammarly gift card, you can get your writer a monthly or yearly subscription!

Practical writing gifts like these will help your favorite writer have their next project ready to send to any literary agents or literary magazines.

(If you don’t think Grammarly is a good fit, choose a credit or subscription to another platform like Audible or Kindle).

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Monroe was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After discovering a world outside of Midwest winters, she was quickly drawn to the southeastern coast of the United States. While attending Elon University, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. A switch was flipped, and she quickly fell in love with European culture and lifestyle. You can often find her accompanied by a good book and her calico cat.

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Writing can be agony — every writer knows this. (People who claim writing is easy are not to be trusted.) But writing is a lot easier and more enjoyable when you have the right tools, the right environment and the right headspace for creativity and productivity.

Keep in mind what kind of writer you're gift-hunting for. While journalists and reporters might appreciate calendars, planners and notebooks they can carry with them when devices are too bulky or invasive, grad students and long-form writers need the right set-up and tools to work for days on end at home. (And while some love tech tools, others might prefer to keep things to pen and paper).

No matter their passion, there's a gift for them.

For more Christmas ideas, check out the Good Housekeeping 2021 Holiday Guide for holiday decor ideas , Christmas games and activities , holiday recipes and popular gift ideas.

LEUCHTTURM1917 Rising Colors Special Edition Hardcover Notebook

Rising Colors Special Edition Hardcover Notebook

Leuchtturm1917 makes this writer's favorite standard hardcover notebooks, which come in ruled, dotted, blank and grid paper versions. This special "Rising Colors" collection comes in sunrise shades to inspire your favorite writer, whether they're jotting down lyrics, creating their own planner or writing the next great American novel. They can never have too many on hand.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

When they're absorbed in thought (or trying to meet a deadline), they can keep their coffee or tea at the perfect temperature with the sleek and high-performing Ember Smart Mug 2. No more cold, forgotten mugs. 

Bookshop Bookshop Gift Card

Bookshop Gift Card

Reading — and reading a lot — is going to help them grow as a writer more than anything else. Give them a Bookshop.org gift card and they can use it to shop online from hundreds of participating local booksellers across the country. It's a great way to let them choose their next read while supporting local bookstores.

Manduka Pro Yoga Mat 6mm

Pro Yoga Mat 6mm

"No matter what I do to try and prevent it, I can't help but hunch my shoulders whenever I sit down to write," says Sara Hendricks, senior editor at credit card company Ness . 

"I try to combat the effects of my hunching by doing some yoga or Pilates every morning on this yoga mat. It's thick, hefty, and has just enough give to support my joints without softening so much that it trips me up. I also stand on it when I use my standing desk."

RELATED: 8 Best Yoga Mats, According to Top Yoga and Wellness Experts

BKR Spiked LaLa 1 Liter

Spiked LaLa 1 Liter

"I can't write if I'm thirsty, but I also can't write if I'm constantly getting up and down to fill up my glass," says Hendricks. "Having a full liter of water beside me when I start the day helps prevent thirst and my ability to distract myself by moseying over to the Brita filter in the kitchen several times a day."

OSEA Malibu Vagus Nerve Oil

Vagus Nerve Oil

For post-writing relaxation, Hendricks recommends this aromatherapy blend that targets the vagus nerve, which is said to help regulate the relationship between your brain and your gut. 

"When I'm feeling really wound up after staring at a screen all day, smelling something nice — like this essential oil blend — helps," she says. "The brand recommends rubbing it into your hands, cupping them, and huffing the oil, but I usually just dab it on my wrists and behind my ears and let the scent waft."

Seltzer Goods 7 Year Pen

7 Year Pen

Writers are always in need of a good pen. "I got this pen as a gift about four years ago, which is a little over half its promised lifespan," says Hendricks. "It writes easily without needing a scribble to warm it up and never goes dry or leaves inky blotches."

COMFIER Heating Pad for Back Pain

Heating Pad for Back Pain

"I don’t know a single writer who doesn’t have some form of chronic lower back pain," says Wilson Wong, a culture reporter with NBC News. "This heated back brace has done more for my lumbar spine than all of my chiropractors combined."

MUJI Gel Ink Ball Point Pen

Gel Ink Ball Point Pen

When it comes to pens, Wong recommends the popular (and Good Housekeeping-approved) gel ink pen from Muji. "This baby has been a staple in my writing utensils for a decade — and still glides across paper like Michelle Kwan did across ice," he says. This pen was also rated the Best Gel Pen overall in our rests. 

RELATED: 15 Best Pens for Back-to-School and Beyond, According to Reviewers

AESOP Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash

Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash

Wong also recommends gifting Aesop's signature hand soap. "If you care about the hands of your writer friends during the winter," he says, "this is an exfoliant, aromatic and moisturizing cleanser all in one."

LE LABO Santal 26 Classic Candle

Santal 26 Classic Candle

Gifting a luxury candle that evokes old books, leather chairs and cozy mornings might get them inspired. "If you’re looking to splurge, this smoky and leathery-scented candle is the perfect wick for any activity, whether it’s writing, bathing or sleeping," says Wong.

Blue Sky 2022 Weekly & Monthly Planner

2022 Weekly & Monthly Planner

Help them stay on top of deadlines with a planner. Nicole Papantoniou , Deputy Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute's Kitchen Appliances Lab, recommends this Blue Sky planner. "I love how it’s slim enough to fit in my backpack or purse, but has a monthly and weekly calendar with enough room to jolt down deadlines and to-do lists," she says.

Mophie Powerstation Plus XL

Powerstation Plus XL

Papantoniou also recommends a good portable battery pack, like the Mophie Powerstation Plus XL, for on-the-go writers trying to work from coffee shops, festivals, planes and trains.

RELATED: The Top 7 Battery Packs to Keep Your Gadgets Going

erwubala Charging Stand

Charging Stand

Another charging solution for writers is this bamboo wood charging station, which has a designated spot for an iPhone and smart watch. It doesn't come with any charging chords, so just make sure they have theirs handy.

Lula's Garden Verdant Garden

Verdant Garden

Spruce up their desk space with a pre-potted succulent garden.

Parlovable Women's Fuzzy Cross Band Slippers

Women's Fuzzy Cross Band Slippers

Or keep them cozy as they shuffle around the house trying to think in some on-trend, fluffy slippers.

Skims Waffle Jogger

Waffle Jogger

Allison Picurro, a writer at TV Guide, recommends Skims loungewear for work-from-home days. "I was a Skims skeptic when I first bought this lounge set last year, but it blew my expectations away," she says. "It's so comfortable and it's not too schlubby either. I legitimately recommend it to everyone."

LapGear Bamboo Lap Desk

Bamboo Lap Desk

"I live in a small-ish apartment, and somehow two or twenty-thousand years into working from home, I still don't really have a surface to work at," says Picurro. "A lap desk just sounds nice and also easier on my back, which is most important."

Urbanista Miami Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Miami Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

If you can splurge on your favorite writer, consider gifting a pair of great noise-cancelling headphones. "I live on a really loud street, so I'm constantly trying to drown that out, and I'm also just one of those people who needs music on all the time in order to concentrate," Picurro explains. "My AirPods aren't as noise-cancelling as I'd like, so I'm pretty much begging someone to get me a pair of these this year."

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Key Takeaways & Top Gifts:

My favorite gift for almost any creative writer is the Writer’s Emergency Pack – it’s useful, cute, and under $30! Runner-up is the Emotion Thesaurus , which will help your favorite writer find just the right emotional words for their story (these types of words are not so easy to come up with!).

For a pricier gift, check out the Scribbler box – it’s a monthly subscription box that will be sent directly to their house. It includes a novel, tips from a published author, and cute writer’s gifts!

As a writer, I can tell you that the best gifts for writers are always the ones that are thoughtful, unique, and useful!

One of the best gifts given to me by my daughters was a pendant inscribed with the words, “Between two evils, always pick the one you never tried before. – Mae West” .

Neil Chase as the Devil in Spin The Wheel

As a genre writer and filmmaker , I couldn’t think of a better motto to motivate my work each day.

In fact, I loved it so much, I wore it as part of my costume when playing the Devil in Spin the Wheel .

That’s the power of a great gift!

That’s why I’ve put together this roundup of the 75+ best gifts for writers in 2024! Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or something more extravagant, we’ve got you covered in this gift guide.

We’ll offer suggestions for writers of novels , screenplays , and even poems. We’ll also discuss year-long subscription gift options, so keep reading to find the perfect gift for the writer in your life!

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What Are The Best Gifts for Writers?

Best overall gifts.

The Emotion Thesaurus

The Emotion Thesaurus is widely acclaimed as a fantastic tool for writers, enabling them to portray characters' emotions more uniquely. It's hailed as the "gold standard for writers," and its expanded edition includes 55 additional emotions, enriching the writer's expressive palette.

This resource is essential not just for fiction, but also for non-fiction writing, enhancing the authenticity and emotional depth of characters and promoting the principle of 'show, not tell' in narrative storytelling.

Luxury Pen

If you're looking for a luxury pen that makes an excellent gift for a writer, consider the Scriveiner brand from London. Finished in 24k gold, this pen is truly a work of art. The intricate designs on the barrel and cap are sure to impress any recipient. And the best part is that each pen comes with its own luxury presentation case.

When you are looking for a perfect gift for a writer, the Scriveiner pen is sure to exceed your expectation.

Game Gifts for Writers

The Storymatic Game

Storymatic is a card game that helps people develop ideas for stories. It's designed specifically for writers looking for new ideas or needing help getting unstuck. The game comes with a deck of cards, each of which has a different prompt on it. To play, you draw a card and use the prompt to develop an idea for a story.

Storymatic is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and a great gift for writers. If you know any indie authors who love to write or who are always looking for new story ideas, Storymatic is the perfect gift.

Synapsis Game

If you know a writer, chances are they're always looking for new story ideas . That's where the Synapsis game comes in. It's a card game designed to generate new ideas for stories, and it's perfect for writers of all genres . The game comes with a deck of cards, each containing an element of a story (e.g., character, setting, plot). Players draw cards and then use them to create a synopsis for a story.

The Synapsis game is the perfect gift for writers looking to break out of their creative ruts and come up with new and exciting ideas.

The Writer's Toolbox

For the writer in your life, The Writer's Toolbox story prompt game is the perfect gift! This unique game provides hours of fun and creativity as players spin the wheel to come up with story ideas and themes . With prompts ranging from "a fairy tale gone wrong" to "a time travel adventure," there's something for everyone.

And best of all, the game can be played again and again, with new and different results each time. So if you're looking for a gift that will help fuel a writer's imagination, The Writer's Toolbox is a sure bet!

Wearable Gifts

Socks for Writers

Many writers prefer to be cozy, and these socks are the perfect gift! The socks are a fun and unique way to show your support for their writing career. The socks are also a great way to inspire them to keep writing and be motivated.

These writer's socks are made of high-quality materials and are very comfortable to wear. They are also machine-washable and come in a variety of sizes. Order now, and you'll be sure to make the writer in your life very happy!

Peter Pan Writing Gloves

These Peter Pan fingerless writing gloves from Etsy make an ideal gift for writers of any age. Featuring classic text from J. M. Barrie's beloved novel, these gloves are sure to bring out the childlike wonder and adventure of Neverland within their wearer.

The American-made fabric is impeccably crafted to a super soft 100% cotton knit, having an open palm circumference of 8 inches and an armband of 7 inches round. A decorative surged detail with contrasting silky thread graces the inseam, and a gathered design along the outside seam ensures comfort and style to last through many imaginative adventures.

Writer's T-Shirt

As any writer knows, the best gifts are those that help to encourage and inspire creativity. One great gift for a writer is a t-shirt with a quote that celebrates their passion for words. A shirt with the phrase "I'm a writer, I dream while awake" is bound to put a smile on the face of any author, poet, or journalist. Many other writing-related quotes are also available, and you can order the t-shirt in a men's or women's fit.

Not only will it make them feel proud to be a part of the literary community, but it will also serve as a reminder of the power of words. Whether working on their latest novel or jotting down ideas for a new poem, a writer's t-shirt will help keep their love of writing front and center.

Writer's Hat

Any writer knows that the written word is a powerful thing. The perfect present for any scribe, this hat declares to the world, "I'm silently judging your font choice." It's a subtle way to let everyone know that you take your craft seriously - but not too seriously.

After all, writing is supposed to be fun at the end of the day. So if you're looking for a gift that will make your favorite writer smile and nod in approval, check out this cute writer's hat .

Budget Gifts for Writers

Waterproof Notepad

As any writer knows, inspiration can strike at the most unexpected times. For many, a shower is where ideas come to mind, but trying to jot down those thoughts on a soap piece is difficult and dangerous (not to mention messy).

Aqua Notes provide the perfect solution. This waterproof notepad allows writers to capture their ideas without stepping out of the shower. This waterproof notepad pad is made of special paper that adheres to tile and other smooth surfaces. It also comes with a water-resistant pen that uses non-toxic ink.

Keychain for Writers

A keychain is one of the best gifts for writers for several reasons. First, it's a functional item that they can use every day. Second, it's a reminder of their passion for writing. And third, it's a way to show off their personality and style. A keychain with a writing quote is the perfect way to do all three.

This pithy writer's quote keychain will help to motivate the writer you know and keep them smiling!

Writer’s Bookmark Box

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your writer friend? Look no further than this 24-pack bookmark box. This unique collection is not just a set of bookmarks, it's a treasure trove of inspiration and enjoyment for any avid reader or writer.

Each box contains 24 high-quality bookmarks, featuring 2 each of 12 unique designs. But these aren't just any ordinary bookmarks; they're a delightful blend of inspiring quotes and fun graphics that are sure to bring a smile to your friend's face every time they open their favorite book.

Subscription Boxes for Writers

Subscription Boxes for Writers

Do you have a budding literary star in your life? Or maybe you're the one with the dream of writing a bestseller. Either way, Scribbler is the perfect gift this holiday season!

Each box includes a curated selection of writing gifts, a teaching booklet from a bestselling author, a novel with a signed bookplate, and a publishing process inside look.

Plus, you'll have the opportunity to chat live with editors and literary agents who are part of the Scribbler family. This writing subscription box is the perfect way to kickstart your writing career - or help someone else achieve their dreams!

Scribbler is the most popular subscription box for writers, and with all the amazing items it contains, it's not hard to see why!

The Storrior Subscription Box

Finishing a script or comic book gives an unbeatable feeling, but the journey is tough. The Storrior Box is here to help, no matter if you're a beginner or a pro.

Each month it delivers a box of resources like published scripts, books, and writer gear to help you reach your writing goals. Best part? As a Storrior, you join an exclusive community of writers and creatives for support and advice.

Ye Olde Grimoire Subscription Box

If you’re a fan of fantasy writing, then ‘Ye Olde Grimoire’ is the perfect subscription box for you! Created by an indie fantasy writer, for indie fantasy writers, it offers a range of monthly themed writing resources and goodies to inspire and support you.

You’ll receive 3 to 4 goodies each month (stationery, candles, tea, art…), as well as an exclusive sticker. You’ll also be invited to an exclusive interview/Q&A with an industry professional (author, agent, editor…), and given access to a monthly fantasy writing contest.

Plus, there are original themed fantasy writing prompts – ideal for sparking creativity! 

Inspirational Gifts

The Creative Block

We all know the feeling: you sit down at your desk, ready to write, but the words just won't come. No matter how hard you try, the page stays blank. If this sounds familiar, you may need a little help jump-starting your creativity. That's where the Creative Block Brainstorming Cards come in. This deck of cards is packed with prompts and exercises to get ideas flowing again.

Whether you're stuck on a character or plot point, these cards will give you the boost you need to keep writing. And who knows? The best gift for writers may just be the gift of creative inspiration.

Island Falls Home Zen Garden Kit 11x 8 inch.

Any writer will tell you that the key to good writing is a clear mind. But a clear mind can be hard to come by when you're bogged down with the stresses of everyday life! That's where a zen garden comes in. A zen garden is a small, carefully tended space that is designed to promote relaxation and reflection.

The act of tending to a zen garden can help to clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective on whatever project you're working on. So if the writer you know is feeling stressed, why not try getting them their own zen garden? It just might be the key to unlocking their next great story!

Motivational Stress Balls

Anyone who has ever tried to write knows that it can be a stress-inducing activity. The blank page (or screen) can be daunting, and the pressure to come up with brilliance can be overwhelming. That's why a stress ball is a perfect gift for any writer.

Each stress ball is filled with a soft, squishy material that helps to relieve stress, tension, and hopefully even writer's block! The stress balls are also decorated with motivational phrases that will inspire the recipient to keep writing, even when the going gets tough.

Fridge Magnetic Poetry Set

If you know a writer, chances are they're constantly looking for new ways to spark their creativity. That's why a magnetic poetry kit makes the perfect gift for any occasion. With a wide variety of words and phrases at their disposal, writers can rearrange the magnets to create all sorts of new combinations. And since the magnets are reusable, the possibilities are endless.

Whether they're looking for a quick writing prompt or simply want to have some fun, a magnetic poetry kit is sure to please any writer on your list.

Gifts for Vintage-Loving Writers

Laptop Sleeve Compatible with MacBook Air 13 inch - Leather Vintage Portfolio Cover, Wine Red

Giving a vintage book laptop cover as a gift to a writer is an excellent way to show how much you appreciate their work. The laptop cover is not only a practical gift that will help to protect their computer, but it also has a stylish and vintage look that will make it stand out from the crowd.

With its unique combination of function and style, a vintage book laptop cover is the perfect gift for a stylish indie author.

Retro Typewriter Keyboard

A retro typewriter keyboard is a perfect gift for anyone who loves to write. These keyboards have a vintage look and modern features like USB and Bluetooth connectivity. That means they can be used with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone - making them the perfect tool for any writer, whether they're composing a novel, writing a screenplay, or even drafting a blog post.

So if you're looking for a better gift for a writer, consider a retro typewriter keyboard !

Feather Quill Pen Set  with 5 Replacement Nibs and Pen Nib Base

What could be more perfect for the budding novelist in your life than a feather quill fountain pen ? This beautiful and unique pen comes with five different nibs, so your friend can find the perfect one for their writing style. The ink is non-toxic and feather-safe, so it won't damage the quill. 

Vintage Typewriter Desk Organizer

Any writer will tell you that a desk is essential for organization and inspiration. And what better way to organize a desk than with a vintage typewriter desk organizer? This unique desk accessory is not only stylish, but it's also functional. It features compartments for holding pens, paperclips, and other office supplies. And the best part? It looks just like a real typewriter!

This desk organizer is sure to bring some old-fashioned charm to any writer's desk. So if you're looking for the perfect gift for a writer in your life, look no further than a vintage typewriter desk organizer!

Library-Themed Gifts

Old-Fashioned Library-Themed Coasters

There's nothing quite like enjoying a cup of coffee or tea while curled up with a good book. But if you're a writer, you know that spills are always a risk when working at your desk. That's why old-fashioned library-themed coasters make the perfect gift for any indie author. These coasters feature classic library book stamps, and they're absorbent enough to protect your furniture from any accidental drips. Best of all, they'll help to create a cozy and inviting ambiance in your writing space.

So if you're looking for a unique and practical gift, be sure to check out these old-fashioned library coasters .

Library Card Themed Socks

The best gifts for writers are ones that help encourage their creativity and passions. For the writer who loves to curl up with a good book, a pair of library due date socks would be the perfect gift.

These cozy library socks are sure to bring a smile to their face each time they put them on, and they'll also be reminded of all the great books they have yet to read (or write!).

Literary Mouse Pad (Library Due Date Card)

If you know a writer, then you know that they are always in need of inspiration. What better way to encourage their creativity than with a retro library due date mouse pad? The design is both stylish and functional, and it is sure to be a hit with indie authors.

Mugs for Writers

Writer's Coffee Mug - Option 1

Any writer will tell you that coffee is an important part of the job. After all, it's the beverage of choice for late-night writing sessions and early-morning brainstorming sessions. So why not give your favorite indie author a mug that celebrates their love of coffee?

This mug features a fun saying for writers, and it's sure to become their new favorite mug. Plus, it makes a great addition to any desk or bookshelf. So if you're looking for a gift that celebrates a writer's love of coffee, this mug is a perfect choice.

First Lines of Literature Coffee Mug - Famous Openings from Books, Novellas, and Short-Stories

Unleash the power of humor and creativity with this unique coffee mug, designed especially for writers!

This mug will inspire your favorite writer, and it even comes in a lovely gift box!

Writer's Coffee Mug - Option 3

Delight the storyteller in your life with our unique coffee mug, a perfect gift for writers. Emblazoned with the humorous message, "I may look like I'm listening to you but in my head, I'm writing my novel".

This mug is certain to strike a chord with anyone who's ever been caught in the throes of crafting their narrative.

Gifts for Late-Night Writers

Lap Desk

A lap desk is essential for anyone who likes to write on the go. And this lap desk is just perfect for creative writers. It's ultra-lightweight and portable, so it's easy to take with you wherever you go. But it's also sturdy and well-made, with a comfortable wrist rest and enough room to accommodate laptops up to 15.6 inches. It has a handy storage pocket for pens, paper, or other small items.

So if you're looking for the perfect lap desk or laptop stand for writers, this is it!

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

If you're a writer, blue light-blocking glasses are a must-have accessory. Whether you're working on a screenplay or novel, blue light from your computer screen can cause eye strain and headaches.

But, blue light blocking glasses can help to reduce these symptoms. By filtering out blue light, they allow your eyes to rest and recover. And thanks to the increased comfort, you'll be able to work for longer periods of time without feeling the effects of eye strain. So if you're looking for a way to improve your writing productivity, blue light blocking glasses are worth considering.

LED Desk Lamp with USB Charging Station

For the writer in your life, this desk lamp is the perfect gift. It's LED dimmable, so they can control the light to create the perfect ambiance for their work. And with a USB charging port, they can keep their devices charged and ready to go.

This lamp is functional and stylish, and it's sure to be a hit with any writer on your list.

Gifts for Prolific Readers

Kindle

As any writer knows, the written word is a powerful tool. With the right words, you can transport readers to other worlds, make them laugh, and make them cry. The written word is a gift, and there's no better way to celebrate that gift than with a Kindle .

A Kindle is every writer's best friend. It's lightweight and portable, so you can take it with you anywhere. And with the built-in WiFi, you can always have access to your favorite books, no matter where you are. Plus, the long-lasting battery means you can read for hours on end without having to worry about recharging. If you're looking for the perfect gift for the writer in your life, look no further than a Kindle.

Book Darts

If you’re looking for a gift for the writer in your life, book darts are a great option. These small, metal darts are designed to clip onto pages, marking a specific spot so that it’s easy to find again. Book darts are especially useful for writers doing research, as they provide a simple way to keep track of important passages. They’re also great for annotating books or articles, making it easy to highlight key points quickly.

Best of all, book darts are relatively inexpensive, making them an affordable gift for any budget. So if you’re looking for a practical and affordable gift for a writer, book darts are an excellent choice.

Pillowcase for Writers

The best gifts for writers are the ones that encourage them to keep going, even when they're tired or stuck. That's why a "just one more chapter" pillowcase is the perfect gift for any writer in your life.

This pillowcase is a reminder that there's always just one more chapter to write and that even the most challenging stories can be finished if you just keep going. It's also a gentle way of saying "I believe in you" - something every writer needs to hear from time to time. So if you're looking for a gift that will inspire and encourage your favorite writer, look no further than a "just one more chapter" pillowcase !

Gifts for Literature-Loving Writers

Sarcastic Literary Quotes Poster

The poster features some of literature's most famous (and infamous) authors and some of their most memorable quotes. This poster will surely provide plenty of laughs - and maybe even a bit of inspiration - for the writer in your life.

If you're looking for a funny gift, look no further than a sarcastic literary quotes poster !

Book Lovers Mug  with Key Chain - 11 oz

As any writer knows, tea is the perfect beverage for sitting down and getting lost in a good book or writing one! There's something about the warmth of a cup of tea that makes the world outside seem a little bit more distant, creating the perfect environment for reading or writing.

This book-themed mug would make the perfect gift for any book lover in your life.

Mark Twain Literary Candle

Paddywax Library candles are a great gift for any writer in your life. This candle features a quote from Mark Twain, making it the perfect addition to any writing desk. The soy wax candle has a clean burn and emits a pleasant scent, making it a perfect way to relax after a long writing day.

Other literary candles feature quotes from Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, Louisa May Alcott, Shakespeare, and many others (you can choose your preferred writer from this link)! The Paddywax Library candle makes a great gift for any occasion and is sure to be appreciated by any Twain-loving writer!

Hemingway Quote Engraved Pen

There are many different gifts that writers can appreciate, but one of the best is a good pen. This Hemingway engraved quote pen says "in order to write about life, first you must live it." This pen is a beautiful and practical gift that will serve as a reminder to any writer to always keep living and experiencing new things.

Order this Hemingway quote pen today, and you're sure to make a lasting impression on the writer in your life.

Books for Writers

Books Featuring Quotes from Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was a world-renowned writer and wit, known for his quotable sayings on everything from love to art. If you're looking for the perfect gift for your favorite writer, look no further than a book of Oscar Wilde quotes . A collection of Wilde's most memorable utterances is sure to appeal to anyone who appreciates fine writing.

Whether your friend is looking for inspiration or wants to enjoy some of Wilde's wittiest observations, this book is sure to please. So show your favorite Wilde fan that you know their taste with a gift sure to be cherished.

Books Featuring Inspirational Quotes from other Famous Authors

A quote can be a powerful thing. It can be a simple statement that resonates with you profoundly or a call to action that spurs you to make positive changes in your life. Either way, quotes can be extremely powerful and inspiring. If you have a favorite writer, consider getting them a book of inspirational quotes from famous writers.

This gesture will let them know that you appreciate their work and provide them with some much-needed motivation and inspiration for when they experience writer's block . Who knows, maybe one of these quotes will end up being the spark that ignites their next great work!

Book Lovers Cookbook

With the popularity of great books, it's no surprise that cookbooks based on stories have become best-sellers. These cookbooks allow readers to make dishes mentioned in the books and dishes inspired by the characters and settings.

Whether you're a die-hard fan of a particular book or just looking for new recipe ideas, cookbooks based on books and authors are worth checking out.

How To Drink Like a Writer

Drinks have always been a big part of writer culture. Many famous writers were known for their love of alcohol, which was often seen as a necessary part of the creative process. Today, a new generation of writers is just as passionate about their drinks but looking for something different. The best gift for them is "How to Drink Like a Writer."

This unique book is filled with recipes for all kinds of creative cocktails, each one designed to help boost creativity and inspire excellent writing. Whether looking for a classic martini or something more adventurous, this book will help them find the perfect drink to get their creative juices flowing. Cheers!

A Literary Holiday Cookbook

For the foodie writer in your life, a holiday literary cookbook is a perfect gift. This unique cookbook includes recipes inspired by classic literature, from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" to "The Great Gatsby." Moreover, the recipes are beautifully illustrated and easy to follow, so even novice cooks can create festive dishes that are sure to impress.

Whether your favorite writer is a fan of novels, short stories, or poetry, this holiday cookbook will provide them with hours of enjoyment - and maybe even inspire them to try their hand at writing their own culinary masterpiece.

The Wizard's Cookbook

If you're looking for the perfect gift for a fantasy writer, look no further than the wizard's cookbook. This magical volume is packed with recipes inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and more!

Whether your writer friend is a budding Harry Potter or just looking to add a little magic to their life, this wizard's cookbook is sure to be a hit. So put on your pointy hat and get cooking!

Gifts for Him

Men's Messenger Bag

A leather messenger bag for men is the perfect gift for stylish writers. It is stylish and professional yet still rugged enough to withstand the rigors of travel. The bag can be easily customized to fit the writer's specific needs, with compartments for laptops, tablets, and notebooks.

And because it is made of leather, it will only improve with age. This messenger bag will constantly remind the writer of their passion for their craft and will serve as a functional and stylish tool for many years.

Book Tie

For a writer, the best gift you can give is something that celebrates their love of books. A tie with books on it is the perfect way to do just that. This unique gift will let the remarkable writer in your life show off their love of reading while also adding a touch of style to their outfit.

So next time you're looking for the perfect present for a writer, don't forget the power of a great tie .

Writer's Tears Whisky

Writers' Tears whisky is the perfect gift for writers. This whisky's smooth, mellow taste is perfect for sipping while thinking up new ideas, and the elegant bottle makes it a beautiful addition to any writer's desk.

Next time you need a gift for a writer, reach for a bottle of Writers' Tears whisky . They'll be sure to appreciate your thoughtful gesture.

Gifts for Her

Cute Office Decor Sign

Any writer will tell you that the best office sign is the one that reminds you of your dreams. And what could be a better reminder than a "future best selling author" sign ? This adorable office decor sign is the perfect gift for any writer. Not only is it cute and inspiring, but it's also a great way to show your support for their writing goals.

So if you're looking for a gift that will help them pursue their dreams, this is a perfect choice.

Writer's Makeup Case

Of all the unique gifts one could give a writer, few are as perfect as a makeup bag emblazoned with the words "only the strongest women become writers." This simple but powerful statement encapsulates the strength and determination it takes to be a successful writer.

In a world where the odds are often stacked against them, female writers must be brave and relentless in pursuing their craft. This makeup bag is a visual reminder of that strength, making it a beautiful gift for any woman chasing her writing dreams. It's also budget-friendly!

Silver Pave Heart Charm 18 Inch Necklace with Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

A very sweet gift for a writer is an author necklace . This is a piece of jewelry that has a special meaning just for writers. The author's necklace is a symbol of hope and inspiration. It reminds the writer that their dreams are within reach.

When they look at the necklace, they will be reminded of their passion for writing and their determination to succeed. This is a gift that will inspire the writer in your life to keep reaching for their goals!

For the Kitchen

Novel Teas for Writers

Tea is the perfect gift for writers! Not only is it delicious and refreshing, but it also has a long history of being associated with creativity and intellectual pursuits. Many famous writers have been known to enjoy tea while working on their latest masterpieces.

If you're looking for a unique gift for a literature-loving writer, look no further than Novel Teas !

Vintage Typewriter Fridge Magnets

For the writer in your life, consider a unique gift that will make their writing space more inspiring: vintage typewriter fridge magnets. Each magnet is roughly the size of a postage stamp and features a different vintage typewriter design. Best of all, they'll add personality to the writer's space.

Tech (and Related) Gifts

A Writer's Laptop - Asus VivoBook S15

As a writer, it's essential to have a laptop that can keep up with your creative workflow. That's why the Asus VivoBook S15 is one of the best gifts for writers. It's lightweight and portable, so you can take it wherever you go. But it also has a large 15.6-inch screen so that you can see your work. Plus, it has a backlit keyboard for writing in dimly lit coffee shops or on long flights.

So if you're looking for the perfect gift to encourage a writing routine, the Asus VivoBook S15 is a great choice. If you want more reviews on the best laptops for writers , please check out this post !

Magicmoon Privacy Filter Screen Protector, Anti-Spy/Glare Film for 15.6 inch Widescreen Notebook Laptop

A laptop privacy screen is a perfect gift for aspiring writers in the digital age! It helps deflect glare and reduce eye strain, making it easier to focus on the task. In addition, a privacy screen helps to keep prying eyes at the coffee shop away from your work!

A laptop screen is essential whether you're working on the next great American novel or want to keep your personal correspondence private. And because it attaches easily to most laptop screens, it's a great way to protect your investment. So if you know a writer who could use a little privacy, give them the gift of a laptop privacy screen . They'll be sure to appreciate it!

Ergonomic Wrist Rest Pad

If you're looking for a gift for a writer, think about an ergonomic wrist rest pad! Made of comfortable memory foam, this wrist rest pad will help keep your writer friend's wrist in a healthy position while they're typing away. Plus, it comes in many colors so that you can find the perfect match for their writing space.

Whether working on their latest novel or improving their writing craft, an ergonomic wrist rest pad is the perfect gift for any writer.

Rocketbook

Rocketbook notebooks are the perfect gift for any writer. They are reusable, so you can write in ink on the unique pages and then send your work to Dropbox, Google Drive, or another file-sharing service. Wipe the pages clean with the included cloth when you're finished.

Rocketbook writing books are available in various sizes and styles so that you can find the perfect one for your needs. And best of all, they're affordable, so you can give them as gifts without breaking the bank. So if you're looking for a unique and practical gift for a writer, look no further than Rocketbook notebooks !

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

For the filmmaker on your list, a pair of noise-canceling headphones are the perfect gift. These headphones can help to block out distractions, whether it's the noise of the set or the sound of the city. They also allow moviemakers to focus on the audio track without worrying about outside noise interf   interference  erence.

Whether your filmmaker is working on their latest project or taking a break to enjoy their favorite film, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones is a great way to help them stay focused and immersed in their work! 

Livescribe Symphony Smartpen Digital Pen

For the technologically-advanced writer, consider the Livescribe Symphony Smartpen Digital Pen . This The Livescribe Symphony Smartpen is the perfect gift for writers who want to take their notes to the next level. This digital pen captures both audio and written notes, allowing writers to easily review their ideas later. The built-in microphone ensures that all recordings are clear, and the smartpen can even transcribe recordings into text.

In addition, the Livescribe Symphony Smartpen comes with a free app that makes it easy to share notes and recordings with others. With its mix of features, the Livescribe Symphony Smartpen is an ideal gift for writers who want to improve their note-taking abilities.

Software Gifts for Writers

Scrivener

Scrivener is a great software for writers who need some assistance with organizing their characters and plot.

It's an affordable program that is designed to be a word processor for book and novel writers. I like that it allows you to easily keep track of your characters, plot points, and worldbuilding facts all in one place.

It's great for writers who are writing multiple novels in a series, as it allows you to easily go back and check your facts from previous stories.

Arc Studio Pro

As any screenwriter knows, the right software can be a fantastic gift. Not only does it make the writing process easier and more efficient, but it can also help to inspire new ideas and approaches.

A screenwriting software subscription is a perfect gift for any writer in your life. They can take screenwriting to the next level with many features and tools. And with access to the latest updates and features, they will always be ahead of the curve. If you are looking for a practical and inspiring gift, a subscription to screenwriting software, such as Arc Studio Pro , is perfect. 

Murf

For the writer who has everything, consider a gift that will make it easier for them to share their work with the world: AI voice-generating software. With this software, they can easily create audiobooks of their latest novel or story , making it more accessible to commuting or busy readers. And because the software creates professional-quality recordings, it's perfect for writers looking to self-publish their work.

Best of all, AI voice-generating software is relatively affordable, making it an excellent gift for writers on a budget. So if you're looking for a unique and practical gift for the writer in your life, consider giving them the gift of Artificial Intelligence voice generating software . I recommend both ElevenLabs and Murf .

Subscription Gifts for Writers

Masterclass for Writers

Any writer will tell you that the best way to improve your craft is to learn from the masters. And a subscription to Masterclass is an easy way to do that!

With classes taught by some of the biggest names in the business, including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and David Sedaris, it's the perfect gift for any writer on your list.

Plus, with a subscription, they'll have access to all classes, so they can choose which ones they want to take. And with new classes added all the time, there's always something new to learn.

Audible

For the writer in your life, Audible is the perfect gift. Audible is a subscription service that gives users access to audiobooks. With Audible, writers can listen to their favorite books as inspiration for their own work.

Audible also has a vast selection of audiobooks, so writers can find new and exciting books to listen to. Plus, Audible makes it easy to track where you left off in a book, so you can always pick up where you left off. Audible is the perfect gift for any writer in your life! 

Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Kindle Unlimited is the perfect gift for writers! With Kindle Unlimited, they can access millions of books to inspire their writing.

Kindle Unlimited allows them to explore different genres and styles of writing and find the perfect book to help them get started on their next great story. Kindle Unlimited is a fantastic resource for writers, and a subscription would make the perfect gift! 

Personalized Gifts for Writers

Personalized Journal and Pen Set

A personalized leather journal and pen set make the perfect gift for any writer or aspiring author. The packaging is excellent, with exquisite design and a very traditional style. Your writer friend will love this beautiful leather journal with their name on it!

Combining beauty and function makes this personalized leather journal and quill pen set an excellent choice!

Book Embosser

If you're looking for the perfect gift for a writer, look no further than the personalized book embosser from Etsy. This “From the Library Of” Custom Embosser Stamp creates raised impressions of your friend or loved one's name on their books with a simple press of the stamp. It even comes with both the seal and handle included in the package.

With this thoughtful gift, you can show your appreciation for any person in your life who values literature.

1:1 With a Writing Coach

A writing coach can be the perfect gift for a struggling writer. In a one-on-one session, the writing coach can help identify areas of improvement and offer specific advice on improving writing skills.

The writing coach can also provide encouragement and motivation, helping the writer to stay on track with writing goals. For writers who have been struggling to find success, a writing coach can be an invaluable gift. 

Cameo From Their Favorite Filmmaker or Celebrity

Looking for a unique gift? How about a personalized video from a beloved film pro, actor, or influencer! Perfect for any occasion, Cameo videos can brighten anyone's day.

Just pick your favorite star, specify the video length and personal message, and voila - you've got a one-of-a-kind present that's sure to impress!

Autographed Book or Script

For aspiring writers, there is no more fabulous gift than an autographed book from their favorite author. Whether a cherished classic or a newly released bestseller, an autographed book is a physical embodiment of the author's hard work and imagination.

For the writer in your life, an autographed book is more than just a gift; it's a source of inspiration and motivation. Seeing the author's signature on the pages reminds them that anything is possible with hard work and determination. If you're looking for a truly unique and meaningful gift for the writer in your life, look to an autographed book . 

Cozy Gifts for Writers

Faux Fuzzy Sherpa Indoor House Bootie Slipper

Any writer will tell you that comfort is the key to a good writing session. That's why the best gift you can give a writer is a pair of cozy slippers. And what's more relaxing than taking your shoes off at the end of a long day?

Cozy slippers are the perfect way to let a writer know that you appreciate their hard work and understand how important it is for them to be comfortable while doing it.

Book Lovers Gifts Reading Blanket

For the writer in your life, what could be more perfect than a cozy blanket adorned with books and an adorable cat? This gift will inspire hours of comfortable writing snuggled up with a warm cup of tea.

So if you're looking for a practical and inspirational gift, look no further than this cozy cat and books blanket .

I'm A Writer Soft Fleece Throw Blanket

As a writer, there are few things more important than being comfortable. After all, it won't be easy to get any work done if you're not comfortable!

A cute blanket will help create the perfect writing environment - warm, quiet, and free from distractions. In addition, a blanket can also be a great way to add a little bit of personality to a writing space (like this cute, tongue-in-cheek blanket!). 

Wall Art for Writers

The Writing Manifesto Print - Inspirational Quotes for Writers, Authors, and Poets

For the writer in your life, one of the better gifts you can give is a framed print of The Writing Manifesto. This powerful statement of purpose and passion for writing will inspire and motivate them to pursue their writing goals.

The strong imagery and bold statements in the manifesto will also make an excellent addition to their writing space, reminding them constantly of why they love writing.

Write Typewriter Poster

For the writer in your life, there are few things more thoughtful than a gift that helps them with their craft. A poster with the word "write" and a picture of a vintage typewriter is the perfect way to encourage them to keep writing.

The word "write" is a powerful reminder of what they're trying to achieve, and the typewriter is a beautiful symbol of the power of the written word. This poster will inspire any writer and help them stay motivated to keep writing.

Writer Wall Art

One of the best gifts you can give a writer is something to help them decorate their writing space. A simple but meaningful piece of wall art with an inspiring quote is the perfect way to do this.

For example, the quote "A writer is a world trapped in a person" is a great way to remind the writer in your life that their words have the power to change the world. So if you're looking for a gift to inspire and motivate, this wall art is it!

Gifts for Horror Writers

Stephen King Funko Pop Character

Stephen King is one of the most prolific and successful authors of our time, and his work has had a lasting impact on both the horror genre and popular culture. Now, fans can celebrate his legacy with this Stephen King Funko Pop .

This detailed figurine captures King's likeness, complete with his signature glasses and hairstyle. It's the perfect gift for any Stephen King fan or collector! 

Gothic Candles

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the horror fan in your life, check out these black gothic 'skull and spine' candles.

These candles will bring a touch of the creepy and macabre to any room!

Horror & Thriller Prompts Book

Nothing is better than an excellent prompt book and journal for the writer who loves horror. A horror journal is perfect for jotting ideas, characters, and scenes. And a prompt book can provide endless inspiration for new stories.

So if you know a writer who loves horror, be sure to give them the gift of a journal and prompts book. And be sure to check out this new article if you want more gifts for horror fans !

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What Are Gifts for Writers?

The best gifts for writers are ones that celebrate their passion for the written word. A beautiful journal or high-tech notebook is a perfect way to encourage writers to capture their thoughts and ideas. A new lap desk or software program can be a game-changer in completing their work. And an inspirational book or special teacup makes an ideal gift for the wordsmith who loves nothing more than curling up with a good book.

Whatever the occasion, these unique and thoughtful gifts will surely please any writer on your list!

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Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a gift for the writer in your life, we hope that this list of the best gifts for writers has given you some ideas. These thoughtful gifts will help your favorite creative writer stay inspired and productive, whether they are just starting out or have been writing for years. We hope you find the perfect present for the writer on your list!

Common Questions (FAQs)

What is a good gift to get a writer.

Writers can be pretty particular about the tools they use to do their work. However, a few general categories of gifts are sure to please any writer on your list. First, consider a gift that will help them to be more productive or organized, such as a new planner or a set of vintage fountain pens. Next, look for something that will inspire their creativity, such as a beautifully bound blank notebook or a new laptop. Finally, don’t forget the importance of practicality; every writer needs a good coffee mug and a comfortable pair of writer’s socks!

What do you buy an author for Christmas?

If you have an author friend and are unsure what to get them for Christmas, never fear! Here are some great gift ideas that are sure to please any writer. Perhaps the most obvious choice is a nice notebook or journal. Every author needs a place to jot down ideas, and a well-made notebook can be a treasure. For the more technologically inclined, plenty of great apps and software programs can help with writing, organization, and inspiration. A subscription to a literary magazine is another great option, or how about tickets to a writers’ festival? No matter what you choose, your author friend is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness – after all, the best gift for any writer is simply the encouragement to keep writing!

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25 Best Gifts for the Writer in Your Life

Short of gluing them to the chair or getting another pen, they could really use these.

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For many writers, unless I am indeed projecting, writing is less of a job and more a form of psychological torture. I read on the internet once that there shouldn't be "writer's block" the way that someone's dad never had "driver's block." Point taken. Still, that does little to ease the mental bloodbath I enter every morning to do the job I signed up to do. (Not looking for solutions here. I just want to feel heard.)

They won't teach you this in an MFA program, but the first step to writing well is the vibes. How could anyone reasonably expect you to write well if the vibes are off? You can't. A high-functioning noise machine with a ton of sound options, noise-cancelling headphones , and a book-inspired candle will do the trick.

Writers are often caffeine addicts (among other things), so a coffee subscription and self-heating mug are right on the money. For some more practical writing support, a Scrivener writing subscription, digital notebook, or distraction-free word processor are creative, thoughtful, and perhaps rude if they weren't really looking for solutions , either . The best gifts for your favorite writer, here.

Twelve South Curve Flex

Curve Flex

Twelve South makes some of the smartest tech accessories around, and this laptop stand folds down to make an easy transition to their favorite coffee shop.

Steelcase Solo Sit-to-Stand Desk

Solo Sit-to-Stand Desk

If they're own space is more their vibe, a well-made standing desk is hard to beat for those constantly hunched over a computer.

Nuphy Air96 V2 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Air96 V2 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

A pretty, tactile keyboard won't type the words for them but they will make the process feel a little soother.

Scrivener Subscription

Subscription

Scrivener is the best writing software on the market, designed by and for writers. It has formats to fit their preferred format, from book manuscripts to dissertations.

Byredo Bibliothèque Candle

Bibliothèque Candle

A candle that gives literary genius with notes of plum, leather, and vanilla.

LectroFan Sound Machine

Sound Machine

The best review I can give you for this noise machine is that my neighbors are still alive.

Mug²

For the caffeine-addicted writer, Ember's mug keeps drinks warm (and at their preferred temperature) for hours. Just long enough to power them through a morning of writing, or avoiding.

Erica Coven Not My Type Art Print

Not My Type Art Print

A little writer art for making their workspace feel purposeful.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

Every single sound in the world is a distraction for some writers, even when they also can't possibly sit in a space by themselves. Bose's QuietComfort over-ear headphones let them sit near people, but exist only in the world of their making.

Buffy Wiggle Pillow

Wiggle Pillow

For writers who get into all sorts of weird contorted positions while working, Buffy's wiggle pillow offers some comfortable support in even the strangest positions. (Looking at me, writing this lying face down on the carpet.)

reMarkable 2

reMarkable 2

The reMarkable tablet is a great way to feel like you're disconnecting from the world without having to later transcribe it. It's satisfying to write on and a great alternative to a classic notebook.

Smythson Evergreen Ludlow Refillable Notebook

Evergreen Ludlow Refillable Notebook

Smythson's leather notebooks are great gifts, but it's also very sad to retire a notebook this nice. This one is refillable, though, so you never have to get to the sad part.

Jose Cardona and Luke Gray Literary Clock

Literary Clock

Finally, a clock for people who can read words but can't read an analogue clock. This one is a fun gift: It pulls a quote from a book that matches the time that it is.

Verilux HappyLight Duo

HappyLight Duo

I'm not saying that all writers are sad but I am saying that they could benefit from more sunlight than they're probably getting now. This Verilux lamp is both a happy light and a task light for mimicking sunlight in their glazed-over eyes.

Logitech Casa Pop-up Desk

Casa Pop-up Desk

Logitech's pop-up desk is great for writers who prefer nomadic working. A laptop stand, track pad, and keyboard fold up into a laptop-sized box for easy transport.

Paradise Wall Art Store Book Set Minimalist Line Art

Book Set Minimalist Line Art

Some cool line art is a great decor gift option, if you want to contribute to their vibe-setting quest.

Juniper Books James Baldwin Book Set

James Baldwin Book Set

Their favorite writer's most famous books done up in a covers that belong right on display.

Freewrite Traveler

Traveler

This gift is pricey but it's worth it for a Big Gift kind of occasion. It's a portable word processor they can write on without distraction. It uses an easy-to-see e-ink screen and backs up your work to your cloud of choice.

Puransen Bookend Vase

Bookend Vase

This is a bookend, a vase, and also the shape of a book. It's a thoughtful, budget-friendly gift.

Hyperice Normatec Go

Normatec Go

The writing life does not exactly make for the best posture of all time, with the weeping at your keyboard the whole day and all that. The Hypersphere does well to soften tight shoulders.

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by Jaylynn Korrell

50 gifts for writers

Finding the right gifts for writers in your life can be daunting.

You’ve already bought them their fair share of mugs, bookmarks, and other literary knick-knacks. And they already own all of their favorite books . So what else do they want?

What are the perfect gifts for writers?

There are so many gifts for writers that could be helpful or inspiring to their writing or their day-to-day lives. If you’re looking for a practical and useful gift for writers they’ll genuinely be happy about receiving, we’ve got the list for you! And if you can’t find what you’re looking for her check out some gifts for book lovers !

(Everything on IBR lists has been independently selected by a very picky group of people. We may earn a commission on items you purchase through our links.)

Check out these 50 gifts for writers (that they actually need), #1. one line a day journal.

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Sometimes the best gifts for writers is the push to keep up the habit of writing every day. This little journal will help them to get some words out each day and keep exercising their creative muscles.

#2. Writer’s Toolbox

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A little extra help in a time of need is one of the best gifts for writers that you can give. While you may not be able to provide that writing assistance yourself, this gift for writers can do just the trick.

#3. Astrohaus Freewrite Traveler Typewriter

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If the writer in your life struggle with distractions then they’ll likely enjoy a gift life the Astrohaus Freewrite Traveler Typewriter. It’s the perfect alternative to totting around their laptop, and frees them from being sidelined by things like emails or social media. It’s a portable typewriter that is compact and only weighs 1.6 pounds, but also holds tons of storage, has built-in wifi, and can effortlessly sync up to the cloud. This little gadget is the gift that most writers only dare to dream about.

#4. Waterproof Notepad

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While some people prefer to sing in the shower, others use the time to do some of their best thinking. To help the writer in your life not miss out on their next big idea, try getting them a notepad for the shower. This way they can write down their thoughts without having to run back to their desk naked. 

#5. Writer’s T-Shirt

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A serious writer’s life is pretty simple, and this writer’s t-shirt covers the basics of how it feels to be in the throws of a good writing routine! Writers will love the concept of this t-shirt, and it’s straightforward message!

#6. Amazon Kindle Scribe

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There’s nothing quite like handling a paperback book and turning real pages, but as we covered earlier, writers have to read on their screen very often. These are great gifts for writers and readers!

With Kindle Scribe, they can actually send Microsoft Word or PDF documents from their computer over to their Kindle to give them a break from the blue light that hurts their eyes. They can also take handwritten notes as this Kindle doubles as digital notebook. That way, they could read their book and take notes the same as if they had already published the eBook, or use it to write their own novel.

#7. Hard Cover Writing Journal

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Sometimes the best gifts for writers is a blank slate. This hard cover writing journal will give your writer a book of fresh blank pages to start writing down their great ideas or jotting down chapters of their next great novel! It comes with over 300 pages, giving them ample room to write down whatever comes to mind.

#8. Writing Dice

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Make writing fun again with this awesome writing dice set. It features 9 dice that help writers banish the blank page and quick start their creativity making it one of the more useful gifts for writers with writer’s block.

#9. Tell them about IBR

Independent Book Reviews are great gifts for writers

However you found this blog post, we’re pumped that you came. Did you know that in addition to promoting amazing small press and self-published books we publish content exclusively for writers ? How about that we offer nearly all the author services a writer would need to publish a book? Well, you do now.

We are always searching for new readers and writers to join our community and get to celebrating indie books together. So it may not seem like a gift with a ribbon on top, but if you drop IndependentBookReview.com into the writer in your life’s phone or email, I’m confident they’ll love you for sending them over.

#10. Personalized Writer’s Block

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A writer’s block is one of the sillier gifts for writers on this list, but it doesn’t have to be. This writer’s block is able to be personalized on all 6 sides. It’s a great opportunity to include inspirational messages to your writer that will help to get them out of a funk. Add quotes from famous authors, personalized messages.

#11. Desk Chair Cushion

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It’s important to be comfortable when sitting down at a desk for hours on end. That’s why having the perfect desk chair is so important. A good, supportive desk chair is one of the best gifts for writers you can give. It can help to save them from back problems down the road, and provide some extra cushiony comfort. You’d be surprised at just how thrilled a practical gift can make them.

#12. Lap Desk

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No one wants to admit that they write in bed, but if you have a writer living in your home you’ve probably walked in on them doing just that. If you want to make them feel more legit writing in bed, and put some space between them and a lot of electromagnetic frequency radiation, a lap desk is a good gift for writers. It can also make a great gift for kids who like to read in bed!

#13. Craft In the Real World by Matthew Salesses

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Chosen as one of the best books our founder (Joe Walters) read in 2021! Here’s why:

“ Craft in the Real World  breaks down what you think you know about writing craft and communicates honestly how to approach writing, editing, publishing, and workshopping books. If you’re a writer and you haven’t read this book yet, you’re doing yourself a disservice…This book is destined to be a craft book classic.”

#14. Magnetic Poetry

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You never know when inspiration will strike. Often times its when we least expect it. In those cases its nice to have a literary tool on hand. These magnetic poetry pieces will fit effortlessly onto any fridge and make a great gift for writers who spend any amount of time in the kitchen.

#15. Kindle Unlimited Membership

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A kindle unlimited membership will give the writer in your life access to over one million eBooks as well as thousands of audiobooks. If you’ve been following us at IBR for a while, you know how much we love it when authors support one another by downloading books, writing reviews, and talking about them on social media. With a Kindle Unlimited membership, the writer in your life can download a whole lot of indie eBooks for free and help emerging authors get the recognition they deserve—not to mention that the author in your life will now have access to plenty of free books.

There’s even an option to start a free 30 day Kindle Unlimited trial !

#16. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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The idea of a peaceful, silent writing room isn’t always realistic. Writers are not always lucky enough to write in a quiet space, because sometimes, their coffee shop gets too noisy to get their work done. You can help make it easier on them by gifting the writer in your life a pair of noise-cancelling headphones so that they can bump music and still get their writing done. And this way, it doesn’t matter how loud the holiday music is in the coffee shop.

#17. Neck Reading Light

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Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” And I couldn’t agree more! Writers should turn to reading when they want to encounter new ways to tell a story, new conversations, new ideas, and new inspiration. 

But that inspiration doesn’t always happen during the day. If the writer in your life loves to read in the middle of the night, a good book light will be a great gift to give them. This one sits comfortably on their neck making reading at night easier than ever!

#18. “Write On” T-shirt

t shirt gifts for writers

It’s hard to find a good literary t shirt that isn’t completely tacky, but we’ve done it. This t-shirt isn’t annoying, and is a cool way to rep what you love. It’s also in a cool typewriter font which any writer will appreciate.

Check out the best gifts for book lovers !

#19. fine point pens.

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A good pen can make the writing process so much more enjoyable, but like many small items, good pens get lost easily. For this reason, a packet of good pens is one of the most practical gifts for writers that you can give. 

Writers are pretty much always in need of more pens (especially if you just got them that pocket notebook 👀). If you’re on a budget, they could be a smart buy. 

#20. The Storymatic Game

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Sometimes a simple game is just the thing a writer needs to free up space in their brain. This one stays on the literary theme and can be enjoyed with family and friends

#21. “Do Not Disturb” Door Knob Hanger

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Let’s face it, writing takes a bit of peace and quiet. Depending on where your writer’s office is that may be hard to attain. This writer’s “Do Not Disturb” door knob hanger makes great gifts for writers who need help communicating their need for alone time.

#22. Literary Candle

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When writers are really into their work they tend to stay in their office for long periods of time. And over time that office can get…rank! Literary candles make great gifts for writers who want to stay in their office forever and have it not smell like an old shoe. This one in particular smells like a library! Check out more library themed gifts here !

#23. Help Them Improve Their Writing by Hiring Beta Readers

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Writing is a strenuous and solitary task. When a writer sits at their computer and tries to revise, edit, revise, and edit some more, it’s possible they lose objectivity and can’t quite see what would improve their work the most.

That’s why your writer might be interested in getting feedback through editorial services. At IBR, we offer all the editing services your writer could possibly want, including big-picture feedback like group beta reading and editorial letters .

#24. Individual Keurig Machine

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Did you know that writer’s blood is made up of almost 90% coffee? Even though that’s a total lie, there’s no denying that coffee is a near necessity for writers to stay energized and ready to write. If they don’t already have one, a Keurig Machine can be a great gift for writers. And if they do already have one, you can buy them a reusable K cup filter . This helps decrease the waste that the plastic, one-time use filters create, and also gives them the opportunity to try different coffees that aren’t available in a K-cup.

#25. Creative Block Writing Prompt Game

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Writing doesn’t have to be so serious. In fact writing can be a sun activity that everyone can take part in. This game is one of the great gifts for writers that allows them to get their brain pumping while still being social.

#26. Plan a DIY Writing Retreat

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Writers need alone time, but sometimes their office or the quiet section in their library just isn’t enough. A change of scenery can be the key ingredient to finishing that last chapter, or finding a storyline that hadn’t presented itself before. But this kind of writer’s solitude isn’t just for those who want to join in on a pre-organized writing retreat like Barrelhouse’s Writer Camp . Anyone devoting their life to the craft deserves it, and you can make it happen without living near a pre-organized retreat!

A few great options for independent writer retreats include a cabin in the woods, a hotel getaway, AirBnb, and more. Places like KOA have campgrounds all around America that start out at $40 a night. State and National parks can also be a great option. Their cabin and yurts are moderately priced between $30-60 and provide enough simplicity and quietude for a productive couple of days without distractions. And having it be around some beautiful scenery never hurt anybody either. Right?

#27. Desk Timer

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Some writers work better when given a certain amount of time to write, making digital desk timers a great gift for writers. They can set the timer for the amount of time they wish to write, and not look back up until that timer goes off. It’s a healthy and inspirational writing exercise that I always recommend people trying at some point in their writing career.

#28. Scrivener Software

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If the creative writer in your life doesn’t know about Scrivener yet, they are going to love you when you introduce it. It’s a terrifically helpful word-processing program that provides ways for writers to organize notes, craft characters, research, and outline. If they’re developing a novel, they’re going to love this.

#29. USB Microphone for Dictation

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Writing is hard. Even when writers sit down to meet their deadline or pump out another scene in their novel, they can still be tempted to get distracted.

So why not make things a little easier for them?

With this USB microphone, writers can speak out their sentences, paragraphs, and scenes, and their word processor will translate it into text on the page for them. It’s just different enough from their usual style that it could feel like newfound inspiration. Using this device to keep getting more words on the page could be especially helpful during a time when a writer is trying to meet deadline, like NaNoWriMo.

Click here to check out some of our gifts for kids who love to read!

#30. pocket notebooks.

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If the writer in your life isn’t a fan of writing on their phone, then a pocket notebook is a sweet little gift to give them. They’re easy to take with you, in your pocket or purse, and can help you get down ideas wherever you are. 

It’s a good option for those who like to take notes or write without drawing attention from people around them. All they have to do is pull it out of their pocket, get the thought down, and keep on moving.

#31. Writing Workshop

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Writing workshops are a great way to get your writer’s work into the hands of other writers. In these workshops, writers will exchange work, get and give critiques, and have a community of people to work with who have the same passion as them. Some workshops last a day, some last weeks. Some are even offered online.

If you want to check out some organizations who offer writing workshops, head on over to 10 Literary Organizations Promoting Writing Centers, Classes, and Community .

#32. Official Scriveiner Fountain Pen Gift Set

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This classic ballpoint pen makes a cool and fancy presentation for the writer in your life. Some writers do just feel a bit more inspired with a classic pen in hand and this one can definitely contribute to that feeling. This pen in in particular is embellished with a 24k gold finish and an extra fine point.

#33. Standing Desk Attachment

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Sitting down all day can be exhausting, especially with everyone working from home lately. It’s nice to give writers the opportunity to switch it up, and stand comfortably while they do their work. Standing desks don’t need to replace a normal desk, but can be set on top of one and adjusted to a comfortable height for your writer. They are even said to improve posture, and boost productivity!

#34. Typewriter Pen Holder

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Help contribute to a more organized writing area by giving gifts for writers like this one. This neat little typewriter inspired pen holder will keep their desk in theme while also keeping all those loose pens and pencils in one place. 

#35. Vintage Inspired Page Holder

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They say a good writer is typically an avid reader, so you can assume the writer in your life is also a book lover. Give your writer a fun way to hold their place in their latest novel with this vintage inspired book mark.

#36. Writer’s Quote Poster

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If the writer in your life needs a little more inspiration in their office then they’ll likely love gifts for writers like this poster. It’s a subtle and vintage inspired piece of art that reminds them of their reason for continuing their work each day.

#37. Laptop Privacy Screen

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Writing in a public place can be uncomfortable. With people sitting really close to you and walking behind you, it’s inevitable that someone will take a glance at your laptop screen. If privacy is important for you or the writer in your life, this privacy screen for laptops could be a great gift. It allows only the person sitting directly in front of the screen to see whats being written.

#38. A Bottle of Writer’s Tears

This is a photograph of Writer's Tears for Independent Book Review blog post 20 Gifts for Writers They actually need.

While there might be enough to go around, we’re not talking about actual writer’s tears here. We’re talking about an actual brand of whiskey that has a clever title, and could be the perfect kick to get your writer back on track, or to take the edge off after a long writing session. Alcohol in general is just a good gift to give writers. We are stressed, a lot! But if it’s called Writer’s Tears, it has a little bit of that humor element that makes gift giving special while also being a personalized, practical gift.

#39. Typewriter Bookends

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 To accommodate the ever-growing book collection that the writer in your life definitely owns, a couple of tasteful bookends could be a great gift. These sturdy book-stoppers come in all shapes and sizes, but sticking to something classic is my particular favorite. 

#40. Bookshop gift card

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If you haven’t heard about Bookshop yet, you are in for a TREAT.

This bookselling ecommerce store has “a mission to financially support, local independent bookstores.” Since more people wanted to buy books online over the last decade, indie bookstores were hurting to compete with the shipping fees and delivery time that Amazon can work from. So bookstores needed an ecommerce site just to handle fulfillment.

That’s where Bookshop comes in. This non-profit organization offers indie booksellers 10% commission on every sale they close by promoting this site (compared to Amazon’s 4.5%) and even matches your 10% to send to indie bookstores across the US (and now UK ).

If the writer in your life is also a ravenous reader, you can send them a gift card which allows them to choose whichever book they want to read while also supporting the exact industry they’re trying to break into. Speaking of readers, you can also look into some gifts for book lovers that might interest them.

#41. Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

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This one notebook can be used endlessly as the pages can be wiped away with a cloth. But don’t worry, they won’t be gone forever. Rocketbook lets you easily upload them to internet cloud services like Google Doc, Dropbox, iCloud and more so they’ll never lose their work.

#42. Literary Magazines

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When writing gets tiresome, it’s nice to cozy up with a good book. But sometimes, there just isn’t enough time to read a large piece of work. Reading is essential to the writing process, and short stories are the perfect snippet to fill in a small period of free time. And if your writer works on short stories or poems, this is a great way for the writer to get to know potential places to submit. Literary magazines such as Ploughshares , American Short Fiction , and back copies of the beloved Tin House Magazine are great collections that can spark imagination for the writer in your life.

#43. “I Make Stuff Up” T-Shirt

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In most professions its frowned upon to simply make things up, but that just isn’t the case when you’re a writer. Writer’s have the flexibility to use their full creativity to create stories that didn’t already exist. Help them to boast about that skill with this neat literary t shirt! And check out the other cool book shirts we’ve found on the internet while you’re at it!

#44. Literary Movies

This is a photograph of Paterson movie for Independent Book Review blog post 20 Gifts for Writers They actually need.

A literary movie can be a great and cheap gift to get your writer inspired by other writers’ life stories. As long as it has at least a literary theme, I’d say it’s a good gift for a writer. Some of our favorites are Paterson , American Splendor , Capote , I Am Not Your Negro , and The End of The Tour ! But it might be a good idea to sneakily ask if they’ve seen it before buying it for them.

#45. Vintage Inspired Laptop Bag

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Writers aren’t only writing at home. On the contrary, they’re writing at coffee shops, at libraries, at work, at the park, and almost anywhere else you can think of. And when they go to those places, they have to bring all of their things. A sturdy messenger bag is one of the most useful gifts for writers to help keep their writing supplies well organized and in place as they travel from place to place. They even have some that turn into backpacks!

#46. Books About Writing

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If you still want to get your writer a physical book as a gift, you should consider giving them a book about writing. We know it’s difficult for everyone to know which books are the good ones, so we created this list of books about writing and publishing to help you get the exact right book for your writer. Bonus? They’re all small press and self-published books!

#47. Writing Prompt Journal

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There are ways to combat writer’s block that don’t involve running away from your desk. One of those ways is for the writer to get out of that frame of mind and focus on something totally different. A writing prompt journal is one of the best gifts for writers that will exercise their creativity while also challenging them to continue to create.

#48. Poets & Writers Magazine Subscription

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If you’re looking for one single magazine that will cater specifically to writers, then look no further. Poets & Writers magazine has been around since 1970 and is the nations largest non profit organization serving creative writers currently. In their monthly issues they address topics like how to find an agent, and how to promote your own book. They also have valuable interviews with notable writers, and information on literary grants and writing competitions.

#49. Typewriter Keyboard

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There’s something nostalgic about hitting the keys of a typewriter. While an actual typewriter isn’t a very practical gift anymore, a typewriter keyboard can be fun, practical, and creative. It looks cool as a decoration and might inspire the writer in the house to pump out something incredible!

#50. Blue Light Blocking Glasses

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Writing takes time (and many many drafts), so staring at a screen while they type for hours on end can be taxing on their vision. Did you know that’s mostly due to the blue light emitted from their computers and mobile devices? Well, a pair of blue light blocking glasses is usually pretty cheap and don’t require a prescription. This is among the cheaper gifts for writers, and the writer in your life’s eyes will thank you later.

Now, you have all the tools to up your gift giving game! Buying any of these gifts for writers will be a wonderful and welcome surprise, so go on out there and get gifting. We’re sure your writer will thank you for it. And if you didn’t find the gift you’re looking for, check out Gifts for Book Lovers!

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100 Best Gifts for Writers: Best Writing Books, Courses, Apparel, and More!

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Finding the right gifts for writers in your life can be challenging. After all, what do you get people who spend so much time living in their own heads and imaginations.

Best Gifts for Writers

It's even worse if  you're the writer ! What do you tell people to get you for Christmas gifts, birthday presents, and other holidays?

But don't worry friends. We've got you covered with over 100 of the best gifts for writers ever. We've got writing software gifts, writing apparel gifts, writing book gifts, and even the best book writing planner money can buy.

Let's get gifting, shall we?

One last thing to note before we begin. A few of the products below are affiliate links, meaning we earn a bit of money for each purchase, which goes to help keep us supplied with our own books and gifts for the writers in our lives. This didn't affect our review or inclusion on our list, but we wanted to let you know!

Gifts for Writers Table of Contents 

Book subscriptions, craft books.

  • Non-Craft Books That Are Also Great!
  • Inspiring Poetry

Writing Courses

Writing journals and planners.

  • Writing Tools and Software

Tech Gifts for Writers

  • Writing Stimulants (e.g. Caffeine!)
  • Writer's Block Busting Gifts
  • Writer’s Clothes and Apparel

Writing Decor

  • Other Gifts for Writers

The Best Gifts for Writers: Books!

Writers are always readers, and almost always, the best gift you can get the writer in your life is a great book. 

Some of the best gifts arrive over time! These are our favorite book subscriptions so you can give the gift of regular reading.

Audible Subscription . This is one of my favorites. With an Audible subscription, you can get an annual or even 3-month subscription so your writer can pick out one audiobook a month! Choose your gift threshold at $15 for one month, $45 for 3-months, $90 for six-months, and $150 for a full year.

Book of the Month Subscription . BOTM is the perfect subscription box for book lovers, allowing you to choose one book per month from their shortlist of new and exciting books with $59, $99, and $199 gifting thresholds.

Kindle Unlimited . Unlimited reading in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, which has over 4 million books! Not bad! You can give 6 months for $59.94, 12 months for $119.88, and even two years at $172.66.

Parnassus First Edition Book Club : Parnassus Booksstore in Nashville, TN will send a signed first edition each month. Amazing right?! Starts at $35.50 per month with shipping.

Two other independent bookstores with terrific book subscription services: Wild Geese Bookshop (in Indiana) at $35 per month and Shelf Life (in Georgia) at $30 per month.

There are hundreds of great books written on the writing craft, and these can be a great help to writers who want to get better and accomplish their writing goals. Here are some of our favorites:

General Inspiration

  • Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts by Matt Bell. Guides writers through writing a novel, focusing on rewriting and refining.
  • Let's Write a Short Story! by Joe Bunting. A practical guide to jumpstarting a career in writing through the craft of short stories.
  • 14 Prompts by Joe Bunting. Offers creative and engaging writing prompts to inspire writers.
  • You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins. Empowers aspiring writers to embrace their identity as writers.
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Discusses the nature of inspiration and creativity, encouraging readers to embrace curiosity.
  • The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. Shares wisdom on writing memoirs, blending personal experiences with practical advice.
  • On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. A revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, part memoir, part master class.
  • The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of The Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
  • The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass: Discusses how to write with emotional authenticity and depth.
  • Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. A guide to writing practice and a philosophy of life.
  • The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith. A guide on how to write a memoir that people will want to read.
  • The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction by Stephen Koch. A comprehensive guide offering wisdom and practical advice on the art of fiction from a seasoned author and teacher.
  • Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. Lamott's book offers her own insights into the writing process, blending humor with practical advice.
  • The Write Fast System by J. Danforth. A guide to creating your own writing productivity system, one that will help you write faster, create a sustainable writing habit, and accomplish your writing goals.
  • The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling by Charles Johnson. Johnson shares his personal journey and experiences in the world of writing, offering valuable insights into the craft of storytelling.

Story Structure

  • The Write Structure by Joe Bunting. My book that shares the story structure framework we use at The Write Practice, a system designed to help people write great stories using timeless structural techniques faster. You can learn more about The Write Structure plot framework here .
  • Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee. Much of what the world knows about story structure comes from Robert McKee, a screenwriting and storytelling guru who has been teaching live workshops to writers and screenwriters for decades. This is a foundational text.
  • The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne. Shawn Coyne took Robert McKee and other's ideas and created a practical, objective plot framework that has helped thousands of writers and editors craft better stories. This book was transformational to me and so many.
  • Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder. Snyder's influential book presents a structured method for screenwriting, laying out basic plots, fifteen core scenes, and other structural techniques to structure your writing process.
  • Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. Brody translates Blake Snyder's book for novelists, giving a systematic approach to brainstorm, outline, and write a novel using the Save the Cat method.
  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. This book lays out the origin of the “hero's journey” monomyth that inspired George Lucas and so many others.

Revision and Style

  • Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell
  • Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
  • The Describer’s Dictionary by David Grambs
  • The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
  • The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers
  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Languag e edited by William Morris
  • Elements of Style by Strunk and White
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

Publishing and Beyond

  • Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum
  • The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
  • Your First 1,000 Copies by Tim Grahl
  • APE: How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawaski and Shawn Welch
  • Scrivener Superpowers by M.G. Herron

 Non-Craft Books That Are Still Great

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • You Are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  • The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker

Inspiring Poetry Books

One of the most inspiring kinds of books for writers, though, is poetry. Reading masters of language play with images and emotions takes my breath away. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • The Carrying by current U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón 
  • Good Bones by Maggie Smith
  • The Bell and the Blackbird by David Whyte
  • Counting Descent by Clint Smith
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

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The Writer's Starter Pack . This one is special because it's from us! In The Writer's Starter pack, you'll get seven of our best writing classes at The Write Practice normally $743, all for $299, more than 60 percent off. This is a limited time deal for Black Friday so make sure to get it quickly if you want it.

Writing Classes from The Write Practice . Alternatively, you give your writer a $49 per month membership to all of our classes and our workshopping community. This is a great deal for writers who want to learn the craft in a supportive environment. 

100 Day Book . You can also give your writer friend the gift of a finished book through our class 100 Day Book. Over the course of 100 Days, they will be guided through the process of writing a new draft of their book. It's an amazing program that has helped thousands of writers finish their books.

Masterclass . Through Masterclass, you can learn from some of the best living writers in the world, like Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, and more. See our full Masterclass review or sign up here . 

Skillshare . Skillshare, like Masterclass, offers online classes by award winning and bestselling writers. Check out our top 7 Skillshare classes or sign up for a subscription here .

Moleskine . The writer's notebook of choice over the last 100 years, this hardcover journal is perfect for the writer who wants to keep their words safe. Alternatively, check out Leuchtturm1917 ‘s similarly beautiful journals.

Rifle Paper Co . Another company that makes beautiful, premium journals is Rifle Paper Co. Check out their spiral, bound, and stitched notebooks here .

The Write Plan Planner Perfect Bound

You can also see our full list of planners for writers here .

Writing Software and Apps

Writing is hard, and having the right tools and software can make the process easier. You can find all of our favorite pieces of book writing software here , but here's a couple of the most giftable.

Dabble . Dabble has quickly become our favorite book writing software, combining some of Scrivener's best features (drag-and-drop chapter editor, notecard view, and manuscript target and productivity tracking) plus write-anywhere cloud syncing all in a more user-friendly, easy-to-use package. You can even gift Dabble Premium to your favorite writer here . 

Scrivener . Scrivener has long been a favorite word processor for writers working on longer projects like books, where traditional tools like Microsoft Word tend to struggle. Learn more about Scrivener here or grab it for your favorite writer here for $59.99 .

ProWritingAid . Our favorite grammar and style checker! Give the gift of perfect writing (or at least writing with fewer errors!) You can subscribe normally, or gift Lifetime access or a 1 Year Subscription $60 here .

Publisher's Marketplace . The best tool to help you get published. Find literary agents and publishers to submit to, get a stream of the latest deals in the industry, and hear all the latest publishing industry related news. $25 per year here.

Dabble

Writers need tech too! From eReading devices to laptops to distraction-free writing devices, these tech gifts will kindle joy in every writer (pun intended, obviously).

Kindle Paperwhite . Read comfortably anywhere (even in low light environments). Download new books instantly wherever you are. Long-battery life (up to 10 weeks!), it's hard to beat the Kindle Paperwhite.

Best Gifts for Writers: Kindle Paperwhite

Freewrite Smart Typewriter . This is a distraction-free writing tool designed for writers who want to focus solely on writing without the interruptions of the internet. It features an e-ink screen and a full-size mechanical keyboard, combining the simplicity of a typewriter with modern digital convenience, allowing you to sync your work to the cloud. A very cool (if a little expensive) gift! Check out the Alpha version for a more budget-friendly option.

Digital Voice Recorder . Walking is one of the best ways to tap into your creative flow. What's more, walking and talking out your novel or article can be a great way to get a lot of “writing” done while getting your daily steps. This voice recorder from Sony is a good fit, with good quality, long-battery life, a large amount of storage, and a fairly budget-friendly price. Pair it with the dictating guide for writers, On Being a Dictator by the ultra-prolific Kevin J. Anderson, to give the gift of dictation to the writer in your life.

reMarkable 2 E-ink Note-taking Tablet . Another great distraction-free device for better idea capturing is the reMarkable 2 note-taking tablet. Use it to jot down ideas, map story arcs , handwrite scenes, or just do some world-class doodling. A great companion to the writing process!

Writing Stimulants (AKA Caffeine!)

It's no secret that most writers have a (un)healthy love for caffeinated beverages. Here are some of our favorite coffe and tea-related gifts for writers.

Novel Tea Literary Blends . Tea inspired by your favorite novels? Yes please! DonQuixoTea has to be the best one, right? Get them here.

Fable Grounds . A cool coffee company with literary themed roasts! Pemberly Roast? Ghost of Christmas Past? Book Dragon blend? Outlander coffee? I would like them all, please. Check them all out here.

Funny gifts for writers: Coffee Mug for Writers

“Just One More Chapter” Mug . I love this mug for book lovers! Grab it here.

Build Your Own Writer's Block Busting Basket

Combine some or all of these into the perfect gift basket for your favorite writer:

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Sticky notes and Index Cards . Who doesn't need index cards and sticky notes to help stay organized?

Bulletin board. Once you have your index cards, you're going to need a corkboard to put them on. Here's one that's large enough to hold them all. 

Timer . Set the timer and get writing! This rotating productivity timer let's you quickly set it for 5, 15, 30, 45, and 60 minute increments. Or just take a look at the clock. Perfect for your writing sprints.

Earplugs . Stay focused with a set of foam earplugs. Or, bonus, go for a pair of AirPods Max noise cancelling headphones . 

Blackwing pencils . Beautiful, iconic, and lovely to write with. 

Green Felt-tip Flair Pens . The perfect pen to mark up your manuscript!

A Cozy Blanket . When you sit in front of a computer or notebook for long periods of time, especially in the early morning or late at night, it's easy to get cold! Thus, a cozy blanket is must. I think this knit fleece from LL Bean , which reminds me of my grandma, is my favorite.

Motivational Stress Balls . For all those hard writing moments!

Your own Zen Garden , but table top sized.

Thinking putty . We all need things to do with our hands while we think. That's why this Thinking Putty is perfect. 

A House Plant . Freshen up the air for thinking with a house plant (tip: the easier to take care of the better). 

Alternatively, have someone make your gift basket for you with The Scribbler Box , the subscription box for creative writers, combining stickers, apparel, craft books, journals, writing tools, and more. Starting at $19.99 a month here.

Writing Clothes and Apparel

What about gifts for the writer who wants to show off? Below you'll find our favorite apparel and funniest gifts for writers.

Socks for Writers

Christmas Gifts for Writers

  • So Many Books, So Little Time Socks
  • Poe-ka Dot Socks . Edgard Allen Poe was a weird dude. A genius, sure, but also very strange. And that's exactly why having a mosaic of his face all over your socks just works. I have a pair of these and I love them. 
  • Shh, I’m Reading Socks

T-Shirts for Writers

World's Sexiest Writer T-Shirt

Who doesn't want a t-shirt that fully captures the essence of their creative journey. Here are some thoughtfully designed options that blend style with literary flair:

  • My story structure “works” T-Shirt
  • Book Nerd T-Shirt  
  • World's Sexiest Writer T-Shirt (shockingly, no one has given me this yet)
  • Le Petit Prince Tshirt ($34) . Another great book print from Litographs, except this one you can wear. If you have really amazing eyesight or a spare microscope in your tote bag, you can read almost the whole text of Le Petit Prince on this Tshirt. You can get this one, and other classic book Tshirts, from Litograph's website here .

Literary Hoodie

Shoes for writers.

Shoes are a fun way to give style a little spunk. Try one of these options for a pair of eye-catching footwear for your writing companion.

  • High heeled shoes with text
  • Writer’s notepad casual shoes

Book Lover Jammies

Sometimes nothing is better than a cozy set of pajamas and a great book. These jammies from CafePress are fun and comfortable—and perfect for curling up with a new favorite read in bed, on the couch, or anywhere your friend enjoys lounging.

  • Women’s Book Lover Nightshirt
  • Book Lover Pajama Set

The Write Hat

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More Apparel

Christmas Gifts for Writers

All of that is true, but if you whip out your magnifying glass you can also read the first 20,000 words of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. That's right, this is a tote with words. You can get this one and totes for other classic books here from Litographs .

Penguin Classics Postcards ($17) .  We should all be writing more postcards. We really should. But let's be honest, you probably won't. Even so, these awesome postcards of classic books make for great bookmarks. You can also decorate your writing space with them. Or just regift them to your friends. So many great options.  Get your Penguin Classic postcards here . 

You can also get this set with famous quotes in literature .

Matchbooks that Look Like Actual Books ($8) . OK, I don't smoke, and while I do light the occasional fire, I rarely use matches. But I still want these crazy little matchboxes that look like actual books because they're so cool. Someone, please buy these for me .

Christmas Gifts for Writers

Next, here's our favorite decor perfect for the writer who likes to set the “write” atmosphere for creativity.

Smells Like a Bestseller Candle

  • “Smells Like a Bestseller” Candle
  • ”Reading at the Cafe” candle
  • Lego Typewriter (I actually do really want this—if only someone would give it to me!)

Funny gifts for writers: lego typewriter

Other Gifts Every Writer Loves

Spotify Premium Gift Card . Nothing inspires like music. Give your favorite writer Spotify Premium for unlimited, ad-free (i.e. distraction free) music. 

Apple Gift Card . Every writer needs a computer, and for most writers, Apple is the device of choice. You can get your favorite writer an Apple gift card here .

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I’m one of those people who’s happiest while browsing the stationery aisle at an office supply store. Maybe it’s the smell or something, but all those pens and notebooks so neatly organized, just feels right. Even so, there are many great gift ideas out there for writers besides pens and notebooks. As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest gadgets and knickknacks made for those of us who wield the pen (or keyboard). And anyone who’s written anything substantial knows that just the right pen, or notebook, or keyboard, or e-ink tablet can make all the difference.

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But you’ll find a lot more than that on this list as well. In our search, we found everything from literary socks to literal book bags to melting wax stamp kits, and that’s just scratching the surface. There are tools out there that address not only the way you write, but also the space in which you write, and the way that you advertise it for your friends and strangers alike. We also found some ideas that are savvier than anything else, resources to help you successfully market yourself and finally get your work into the hands of a publisher.

Whether you’re looking for something more quirky, something more useful, or a nice fusion of both, you’ll find it on this list of the best gifts for writers.

1. The End Dramatic Bookend

2. encouraging coffee mug, 3. expandable wooden bookshelf, 4. freewrite, 5. typewriter keyboard, 6. library book pencil holder, 7. on writing by stephen king, 8. nuance dragon naturally speaking software, 9. aqua notes, 10. literary socks, 11. noise-cancelling headphones, 12. literary jewelry, 13. novel tea, 14. dead writers’ perfume, 15. desk lamp organizer, 16. book candles, 17. literary action figures, 18. library of congress card catalog, 19. literary cookbook, 20. bookshelf shower curtain, 21. kindle unlimited subscription, 23. the writer’s toolbox, 24. scrivener writing software, 25. livescribe pen, 26. led pen, 27. bathtub book caddy, 28. tequila mockingbird: cocktails with a literary twist, 29. refrigerator scrabble tiles, 30. book-nerd apparel, 31. mountainsmith adventure office messenger bag, 32. domain name, 33. e-ink monitor, 34. litographs t-shirt, 35. laptop lap desk, 36. writer’s market, 37. typewriter coaster set, 38. once upon a time storytelling game, 39. the unofficial harry potter cookbook, 40. the 3 a.m. epiphany: uncommon writing exercises that transform your fiction, 41. a writer’s block, 42. elegy for a dead world, 43. quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, 44. the emotion thesaurus: a writer’s guide to character expression, 45. writer emergency pack, 46. people of walmart adult coloring book, 47. zen garden, 48. blue light-blocking booklight, 49. the storymatic, 50. smythson notebooks, 51. typewriter, 52. kinesis freestyle edge mechanical keyboard, 53. scribedelivery goodie box, 54. novelist at work warning sign, 55. i’m silently correcting your grammar shirt, 56. magnetic poetry kit, 57. the self-publisher’s ultimate resource guide, 58. the well-fed writer, 59. vintage sealing wax stamp maker kit, 57. antique feather writing quill, 58. ergonomic desk chair, 59. winsome wood writing desk, 60. bagatelle studio book bags, 61. the elements of style, illustrated, 62. writer’s retreat, 63. write drunk, edit sober flask, 64. wooden folding book light, 65. remarkable paper tablet, 66. muk luks, 68. bluetooth speaker, 70. writer’s digest literary calendar, list of gifts for writers.

I’ve included many creative and unique gifts for writers on this list. Simply scroll through this list and pick out your favorite gift or gifts!

The End Dramatic Bookend

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.79 at the time of publication)

There are about a thousand of these dramatic bookends floating around the Internet. You can find bookends that make it look like you’ve skewered your fiction section with a katana, for example. I like the simplicity of this particular bookend. The base has a little guy on it and the books lean at an angle, making it look like they’re about to fall on top of the little guy. It’s the simple things like this that give one’s library or reading space just a little more character. Like the typewriter coasters, I love to have things like this around, if for no other reason than to give house guests something to compliment.

Encouraging Coffee Mug

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($9.26 at the time of publication)

Most writers would probably hook up a caffeine IV drip directly to their arm if they could, but the majority will settle for a good old, standard coffee mug. They’ll be even happier to settle if the mug has something clever or encouraging written on the side like, “Please do not disturb the writer, she may put you in a book and kill you.” That’s what this particular mug reads, anyway, but you can find a lot of different mugs with a lot of different phrases on the side. Some are more encouraging, such as, “I write. What’s your superpower?” Or, “Write epic shit.” You know your writer best, but whatever route you want to go she’s sure to be pleased.

Expandable Wooden Bookshelf

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($31.99 at the time of publication)

The name of the Expandable Wooden Bookshelf is pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go too much into it. I will say that it is the perfect size for your desk or any small end table. And the fact that it’s expandable means you can adjust it to be whatever size you need. It’s another one of those charming-but-functional ideas I’m so fond of. It’s a really quaint way to upgrade your bookshelf real estate. And let’s face it, what writer isn’t in need of more book space?

Freewrite

Buy or Read More on Freewrite Here ($549.00 at the time of publication)

If you’re feeling extra generous and you want to get the writer in your life a gift that will make them love you forever, consider the Freewrite Smart Typewriter. It combines the simplicity of a typewriter with the convenience of modern technology. Basically, it’s a small laptop in the shape of a typewriter, with a few key differences. Firstly, the Freewrite is meant solely for writing. You can’t browse the internet, download games, applications, or access any other of the numerous avenues of distraction that are so accessible on a standard laptop. The Freewrite is simply a screen and a keyboard. While it does have WiFi capability, this is for the sole purpose of backing up your files to the Cloud.

The Freewrite also comes with a full-size keyboard for maximum typing comfort and speed. But my favorite thing about the Smart Typewriter is the e-ink display. Instead of a bright LCD screen, the Freewrite monitor looks like a piece of paper. It’s easier on the eyes and doesn’t glare, even in direct sunlight.

Astrohaus has now come out with a new version of Freewrite called the Freewrite Traveler. It looks much more like a laptop, only smaller and thinner. All in all, it has the same features and functionality of the first generation Freewrite, built into a more compact design. The Traveler is perfect for anyone who travels a lot or just likes to write away from home.

Typewriter Keyboard

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($499.00 at the time of publication)

“The Qwerkywriter S is the original typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard.” Some writers like a more tactile experience when it comes to their keyboard, and maybe you’re one of those writers. For me, it’s the clicking of the keys that sets the mood, gets the vibe going, and makes me feel like I’m really gettin’ things done. The Qwerkywriter comes with USB and wireless capabilities, so you can hook it up to any device you desire, including your tablet. Not only that, but the typewriter keyboard looks pretty darn authentic, and produces that great feel and clack you were looking for.

Library Book Pencil Holder

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($17.99 at the time of publication)

I think it’s really important to add as much character to your writing space as you possibly can. The space in which you work can have a huge impact on your creative output. That’s why I love gizmos like this library book pencil holder. It’s the perfect combination of functional and quaint, and brings exactly the type of character that I’m talking about. Just like your computer or your pen, your space is another tool in your writer’s toolbox, so it’s always a smart idea to outfit it for optimal performance.

On Writing by Stephen King

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($15.14 at the time of publication)

A book on writing may seem like a fairly standard choice for a writer’s gift, and there’s no doubt that it’s a safe route, but I do not kid when I say that Stephen King’s On Writing changed my writing life. It gave me permission to write the way I’d always wanted to, rather than the way all my classes always told me I had to. King breaks his process down and walks you through his development as an author, step by step. He never minces words, but he never tells you what to do, either. His approach is one of, “This is the way I work, and the way I work works for me, and maybe it’ll work for you, too.” And so far, it has.

Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking Software

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($63.99 at the time of publication)

There are some writers out there who like to dispense with the pen, paper, and keyboard entirely, and instead, like to transfer their thoughts directly to the computer screen. If that sounds like you, you might want to consider purchasing the Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software, made by Nuance. Computers have their own built-in dictation software these days, but they really can’t hold a candle to a professional provider. Dragon Naturally Speaking Software learns as it goes, so it starts to recognize the words and names you use the most. It’s the perfect way to eliminate as many obstacles between your thoughts and the page as you possibly can.

Aqua Notes

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($9.50 at the time of publication)

Every writer has had the feeling of frustration that comes with thinking of a good idea at the absolute worst of times. To that, there’s nothing more annoying than when you have a great idea right in the middle of a hot shower. But with these Aqua Notes, the writer in your life won’t have to worry about all his genius ideas ever again. It’s a waterproof notepad that suctions to the wall of their shower. It comes complete with a waterproof pencil, so they can record all those moments of shower-induced brilliance.

Literary Socks

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($8.00 at the time of publication)

If there are two things all writers love, it’s books and socks. So with these literary socks, you’re practically giving them two gifts in one! The Literary Socks are perfect for curling up by the fireplace, notebook in hand, preferably on a rainy Sunday with a mug of hot chocolate close by. The link above will take you to a nice pair of lavender Jane Austen socks, but you can find themes for many other literary figures, such as Shakespeare, and the same company even has a “Banned Book” line.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($349.00 at the time of publication)

Maintaining focus is absolutely crucial to a writer’s process, and nothing puts you in the zone quite like a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. I’m someone who gets very easily distracted by even the tiniest noise, and I have roommates to top it off. Very few writers have the luxury of working in total solitude, so noise-canceling headphones are a great gift idea.

This pair of headphones is made by Bose, so you know they’re going to be pricier than some alternatives. However, Bose hasn’t let me down yet, and when it comes to investing in the writing process, the price is definitely worth it.

Literary Jewelry

Buy or Read More on Etsy Here ($34.07 at the time of publication)

This is a great gift for the more fashionable writers out there. This bracelet comes emblazoned with the line, “She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain,” a quotation attributed to Louisa May Alcott, the writer of Little Women. It’s a great way to let someone show off their love for writing in style.

But don’t restrict yourself to bracelets. You can find many other types of literary Jewelry, including Jane Austen necklaces and Oscar Wilde cufflinks.

Novel Tea

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($13.50 at the time of publication)

I gave up drinking coffee after it started giving me the shakes (in a bad way). Nevertheless, I like to have something to drink while I write, even if it’s just because I like to keep my hands busy while I think. Tea was the next logical step, and I’ve become rather fond of it. So, if you know of any dabblers in the authorial arts who also happen to be tea drinkers, this Novel Tea is a great gift idea. It’s Victorian-themed, and each tea bag comes with a literary quote printed on it from the likes of Austen, Dickens, and other literary titans. Now the burgeoning author in your life can get their caffeine fix and feel inspired at the same time. As the packaging says, “Read ‘em and steep!”

Dead Writers Perfume

Buy or Read More Here ($5.00 at the time of publication)

From the company Immortal Perfumes comes a line of Dead Writers’ Perfumes that will make you smell as though you’ve walked right out of a Victorian novel. The webpage describes the scents as being suitable for either sex, and that they evoke the “feeling of paging through yellowed copies of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Poe, and more.” The perfume combines notes of black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco, making for a rather rustic aroma.

The company also offers free samples, so there’s no need to leap before you look. You simply select the perfume you’d like to try on the website, and they’ll process it within 3-5 business days.

Desk Lamp Organizer

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($26.41 at the time of publication)

Every writer could stand to be a little more organized, and this desk lamp/organizer is a great way to help them get a leg up on their desk clutter. It features two slots and three small bins, great for storing notebooks, tablets, or your phone, as well as keeping all those little knickknacks (paperclips, rubber bands, etc.) in check. The base of the lamp also includes a two-prong outlet so that you don’t have to keep reaching under your desk every time to plug in your phone, or your laptop, or your Freewrite.

Book Candles

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($24.99 at the time of publication)

I know I just talked about how important your writing space is, but I’m going to talk about it again. Another way you can optimize your space is by manipulating the ambiance. And the best way to manipulate the ambiance, by far, is with a scented candle. These Book Candles give off the most literary scents of all. Some of them smell like antique books, exuding an aroma of worn leather and dried parchment. Another candle advertises that “new book” smell that you can only find at a Barnes and Noble. But my personal favorite is the Ancient Scrolls candle, which smells like whatever ancient scrolls smell like.

Scented candles can be a great way to hone your focus and help transport your mind to another world.

Literary Action Figures

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.97 at the time of publication)

Writing is a solitary endeavor, and if you’ve ever felt yourself getting a bit lonely, or perhaps confiding in a person whom you later realize exists entirely in your own head, you’re not alone. We could all use a little company at times, and these literary action figures are the perfect solution to your problem of solitude. Now you can write in the presence of literary titans like Poe, Austen, Dickens, and Wilde. The vinyl action figures are finely detailed, down to the very specific expressions on each author’s face. The Poe action figure even comes with a little raven on his shoulder.

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Buy or Read More at Barns and Nobel Here ($19.95 at the time of publication)

This is a great gift for any writing or literature nerd. These notecards are perfect replicas of the original cards used to catalog famous works in the library of congress. The set comes with thirty cards, each cataloging a different culturally significant work of literature. Think of it as a little box of inspiration. The cards come inside a wooden replica card catalog box for safekeeping. The box also includes tabbed dividers for maximum organization. This is the perfect gift for writers and literary geeks of all persuasions.

Literary Cookbook

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.69 at the time of publication)

Good prose can help you step into another world, see the things the characters see, touch what they touch, but at the end of the day, a description can only get you so far. A literary cookbook is a perfect tool to help you bring just a little slice of fantasy to your dinner table. You can try this cookbook, called A Feast of Ice and Fire, if you’re a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Ice and Fire Series. Alternatively, there are many other literary cookbooks out there. You can try your hand at some pioneer dishes out of The Little House Cookbook, a collection of recipes inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series. Or, if you want to bring a little Victorian flair to your next meal, you could pick up Dinner With Mr. Darcy, of course inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Bookshelf Shower Curtain

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.95 at the time of publication)

Why not share a little literary love and bring your fondness for the library into the bathroom with this Bookshelf Shower Curtain. It’s made by CafePress, a company that’s produced some pretty great products. The Bookshelf Shower Curtain is professionally printed and actually looks super real, down to the titles printed on the spines of the books. If you’re not careful, you’ll think you’re in a real library, rather than the bathroom of a literary geek.

Kindle Unlimited Subscription

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If you know a reader who loves their Kindle, a Kindle Unlimited Subscription might be the perfect gift. Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited have access to over 1 million titles, as well as thousands of audiobooks, all for 10 bucks a month. You can find everything from famous classics to current bestsellers to brand new authors publishing their first e-book. The subscriber can cancel anytime, and the first 30 days come free, so they can explore all the available shelves to their heart’s content.

All new Kindle

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($89.99 at the time of publication)

A Kindle Unlimited Subscription won’t do you any good without a Kindle, so we figured we’d make that the next list item. I, for one, adore my Kindle Oasis, and I only read a physical book if there isn’t an e-version available. I know there’s a lot of people out there who are skeptical of e-books, as they prefer the “tactile feel” of a physical book. But aren’t the words on the page the only thing that matters in the end? Anyway, I’d be willing to bet that a lot of those physical book advocates have never actually used a Kindle, and I’d bet even more that they’d be instant converts if they did.

The screen of the Kindle is designed with e-ink technology, so it looks just like the pages of a book. But the advantages don’t stop there. The Oasis also comes with a backlight, as well as a “light-warmth” meter, which essentially matches the shade of light on your screen to that of your surroundings. The light-warmth meter is by far the best feature Kindle has released recently. Not only that, but the battery lasts for days at a time, it’s a great size, it’s super convenient to look up words as you go without having to reach for your phone, and I could honestly go on forever, but I won’t.

The Writer’s Toolbox

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($21.72 at the time of publication)

The Writer’s Toolbox was designed by a veteran creative writing teacher, and it’s a great gift for developing writers. The kit comes with a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and guidance that emphasizes a “right-brain” approach to writing. The kit also comes with creative writing and story prompts designed to get the creative juices flowing. Lastly, the Writer’s Toolbox includes a spinner that will decide the fate of your story so that you don’t have to and forces you into creativity by throwing out random nonsequiturs and plot twists.

The Writer’s Toolbox is definitely geared toward writers still in the developmental stage, but it could make a great gift for a more seasoned penman looking for a little throwaway practice.

Scrivener Writing Software

Buy or Read More Here ($41.65 at the time of publication)

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to writing software. But there is one application that in my opinion stands far above the competition. That application is called Scrivener, and it is by far the best writing software I’ve come across. Not only does Scrivener perform all the basic functions of standard writing software like Word or Pages, but it comes with a whole range of unique functions that are eminently useful for any writer.

Among my favorite Scrivener features are the “Corkboard” and the “Composition Mode.” The Corkboard is essentially a digital bulletin board. You can type up each of your individual story beats on a notecard, then see all your notecards displayed at once in the Corkboard. This is an amazing way to help you visualize the literal progression of your story.

Composition Mode removes everything else from the screen except the words on the page. I’ve found it invaluable for helping me focus and shutting out distractions. Composition Mode also has a focus feature that dims all the other words on the page except the paragraph or sentence you are currently typing. Again, this is an incredible feature that helps immensely with focus.

These are just a few of Scrivener’s endless list of features. The software also includes tools for organizing your plot, settings, and characters. It even includes a feature that will compile your documents into a professional manuscript, so you can be ready to send it directly to publishers. You might think that with all these benefits that Scrivener would be pretty expensive, but at just $49, it’s actually super affordable.

Livescribe Pen

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($142.61 at the time of publication)

If you’re a writer who likes to be prepared, this Livescribe Pen might be just the gadget you’re looking for. It’s a pen and an audio recorder all at once. Just hit the power switch and the pen starts recording everything you hear, so whether you’re sitting in on a writing seminar, conducting an interview, or just talking to yourself, the Livescribe Pen will make sure you never miss a word.

The Livescribe Pen also comes with its own Livescribe software, compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. The software allows you to plug the pen into your computer and upload all your notes and audio recordings for instant reference. Now you never have to let a good idea slip away again.

LED Pen

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($7.95 at the time of publication)

This LED Pen is the same gadget that film critics use to take notes in dark movie theaters. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up in the middle of the night with an amazing idea for a story, only to let it go because I was too lazy to turn on the lamp (or I just couldn’t bear the thought of doing that to my eyeballs). If I’d had an LED Pen, I could have jotted a quick note in my notebook, no lamp or eyeball trauma required.

This is also a great pen to have if you just like to write in the dark.

Bathtub Book Caddy

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.98 at the time of publication)

Yes, this bathtub book caddy is probably one of the most amazing inventions ever created. And yes, it is the perfect way to enjoy a book in the tub. But it is also so, so much more than just a book caddy. The bathtub book caddy comes not only with a metal rack to prop up your book, but also with a slot for your phone, a hook for your loofah, AND a wine glass holder. They don’t lie when they call this the Ultimate Bath Accessory.

Fair warning: users may find themselves never wanting to step out of the bath again.

Tequila Mockingbird Cocktails with a Literary Twist

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($11.99 at the time of publication)

This literary mixology book goes hand-in-hand with the literary cookbook we listed earlier. The book features 65 delicious cocktail recipes, each paired with wry commentary on some of history’s most famous novels. Here are a few examples of the drinks you can make with the help of the Tequila Mockingbird: The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, The Last of the Mojitos, Romeo and Julep, Vermouth the Bell Tolls, and approximately 60 others that I don’t have room to name here.

The Tequila Mockingbird also includes recipes for bar bites, as well as ideas for drinking games. With this book on hand, you’ll never be caught unprepared for book club again.

Refrigerator Scrabble Tiles

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($9.93 at the time of publication)

There’s nothing quite as entertaining as fridge poetry, or in this case, as a game of fridge scrabble. The Refrigerator Scrabble Tiles are manufactured by the official makers of Scrabble, and include a full set of letter tiles, plus triple-letter, triple-word, and double-word tiles, for a total of 112 pieces. They’re great for playing an actual game of scrabble (you know, your roommate makes a move when she goes to the kitchen to get the wine, you make a move when you come to get the cheese, and so on), but they’re even better for leaving helpful messages for your housemates like, “Clean up your dang dishes!” for example. And the best part is that the more creative you are with your messages, the more points you get!

Book Nerd Apparel

Buy or Read More on Out of Print Here ($25.00 at the time of publication)

Nerds can be fashionable too! Said no one ever, until Out of Print came along and started crushing it in the literary-geek fashion arena. At the end of the day, Out of Print is a geek-apparel (specifically book-geek apparel) company, but they’re honestly killing the game with an amazing selection of t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tote bags–you name it, they’ve got it. The designs look really cool, allowing you to show off your love of reading and look good doing it. And once you’ve got your Out of Print apparel, you can throw it up on your Instagram with #BooksWornWell and possibly get featured on the Out of Print Instagram page!

Mountainsmith Adventure Office Messenger Bag

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($64.70 at the time of publication)

Now if you’re a writer who prefers to write away from home, or who likes to write away from home some of the time, or who has an inclination for travel, this messenger bag is perfect for you. The bag comes with a padded sleeve compartment that can fit tablets and laptops up to 15.4 inches. The main compartment also includes interior pockets for extended organization, a sleeve on the side for your water bottle, and it looks slick to boot. As Bilbo said, “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door.” We couldn’t agree more, and if you do decide to take that dangerous first step, you’ll need to be prepared. Whatever you consider crucial to your survival, there’s sure to be room for it in the Mountainsmith Messenger Bag.

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If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box idea for a writer’s gift, consider getting them a domain name for their own website. Most experts would agree that a strong web presence is essential in this day and age for building an audience. However, many writers might not have the time or the savviness to start a website on their own. Gifting them a domain name is a great way to help them kick-start their career.

If you do decide to get someone a domain name, you might have to forgo the surprise element and run it by them first.

There are a number of web hosting sites to choose from, but Bluehost is a good one to look into. They have some great deals for people starting their first website, and affordable pricing plans starting at less than $3/month.

E-Ink Monitor

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($1199.00 at the time of publication)

Though it might seem counterintuitive, sitting in front of a computer all day can be really hard on your body. You have to contend with back pain, your legs cramping, all that fun stuff. But something else you have to deal with is staring at a bright LCD screen for hours on end. This can actually be really hard on your eyes, not to mention the exposure to all that blue light can affect your sleeping patterns. A lot of browsers and operating systems these days are coming out with Dark or Night Modes to help alleviate this issue, but even these modes still emit blue light and can put strain on the eyes. For writers with sensitive eyes, or who just don’t care for staring at a bright screen all day, you might want to look into getting an e-ink monitor. These types of monitors are made with the same e-ink technology as Kindles. In other words, the screen looks like the pages of a book. The advantage to these screens is that they don’t emit the same harsh backlight that normal LCD monitors do. This means they are much easier on the eyes, and don’t have the same blue-light sleep-hindering effect that plague traditional monitors.

Litographs T-Shirt Gift

Buy or Read More on Litographs Here ($34.00 at the time of publication)

From a distance, the Litographs t-shirt looks like any other. But get up close, and you realize that what you thought was a pattern is actually the entire first chapter of Moby Dick imprinted on the fabric. This is one of the best t-shirt ideas I’ve come across while making this list. You’ve always wanted to step inside your favorite book, well, now Litographs has made that possible. What more could a literature geek want? And don’t worry, you aren’t restricted to Moby Dick, and you certainly aren’t restricted to t-shirts. Litographs carries a lot of other great products including pillows, blankets, and infinity scarves.

Laptop Lap Desk

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($39.99 at the time of publication)

There is nothing on this earth better than writing in bed. It’s my favorite way to work in the morning because I like to put as few obstacles between myself and the page as possible. Anyone who feels the same way will appreciate a laptop desk like this one. The desk is wide enough to fit a laptop up to 17 inches wide. The stand has five adjustable heights, and it tilts up to 35 degrees. But the best thing about this desk is the versatility. You can use it in bed, on the couch, on your desk to make a standing station, or you can use it in bed…you get the idea.

Writer’s Market

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($21.39 at the time of publication)

Writer’s Digest publishes a new Writer’s Market book every year, and they are hands-down the best resources available to new and aspiring writers. Writer’s Market is a massive overview of publishing opportunities, book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. The most recent editions now include a playwriting and screenwriting section as well. You’ll also find helpful articles about the process of getting published, and the business of writing in general. This is an all-around amazing resource, and no matter what kind of writing you do, you can find a market for it with the help of this book.

Typewriter Coaster Set

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($23.99 at the time of publication)

Why restrict ambiance to your writing space alone? Why not spruce up the rest of the house (namely, the coffee table) with the help of these typewriter coasters? This is one of many quaint and charming coaster sets to be found, but what sets this one apart is that it comes with a typewriter-shaped holder for the coasters when they’re not in use. Which is amazing, because there’s nothing more annoying than a rogue coaster. I love filling my house with little knickknacks like the typewriter coasters. They make great conversation starts, and your book club is sure to get a kick out of them.

Once Upon a Time Storytelling Game

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.07 at the time of publication)

Once Upon a Time is a storytelling card game in which one player is the Storyteller, and the other players are the characters. Throughout the course of the game, the Storyteller attempts to guide the plot toward her Ending Card by using the Story cards at her disposal. The other players have the opportunity to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. Basically, the object of the game is to control the narrative by guiding the story toward your Ending card. This is a great collaborative card game for both book-lovers and non-book lovers alike. The only prerequisite is that you enjoy a good story.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($10.95 at the time of publication)

This Harry Potter cookbook is perfect for anyone who calls themself a fan of the series. It comes with over 150 magical recipes that are great for “wizards and non-wizards alike.” You can learn to make Treacle Tart (Harry’s favorite dessert), Molly’s Meat Pies (Molly Weasley’s specialty), or even Pumpkin Pasties, which I’ve always thought sounded delicious. This cookbook combines cooking and creativity and imagination in a way that is sure to get kids excited about cooking for themselves. But it’s also great in general for anyone looking to bring a little magical flair to their cooking adventures.

Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($6.60 at the time of publication)

Brian Kiteley, author and director of the University of Denver’s creative writing program, puts 15 years of experience to work in this book of writing exercises. The 3 A.M. Epiphany contains over 200 exercises designed to help you get your creative juices flowing. Each exercise is a different creative experiment meant to help you break out of the slump of routine and revitalize your stale writing patterns. Not only are the exercises themselves helpful, but the author brings his own wisdom and experience to the table in the form of useful side notes and descriptions. This is an essential resource for any writer, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been putting pen to paper for some time now.

A Writers Block

Buy or Read More at Writers Block Here ($13.98 at the time of publication)

You’ve heard of writer’s block, and more than likely experienced it if you’re reading this list. Well, here’s a literal Writer’s Block for your consideration. It’s a solid cube of walnut, small enough to fit on your desk, with the words “Writer’s Block” carved into the side. So what is the Writer’s Block actually for, you ask? Well, how you use the Writer’s Block is up to you. Perhaps you make it a paperweight, use it to trap all those rogue manuscript pages. Or, maybe you just set it in your eye-line as a kind of reverse-psychology motivator. There are any number of ways you could make use of this physical pun. And who said simplicity wasn’t a virtue? This is easily one of the best gifts for writers out there!

Elegy for a Dead World

Buy or Read More Here ($14.99 at the time of publication)

Elegy for a Dead World is one of the coolest concepts for a video game I’ve ever heard of. It’s a game about writing fiction, and the basic premise is this: you’re an explorer flying through outer space. Along the way, you encounter three worlds that were once home to long-dead societies. Your job is to write the story of each of these societies, giving them the elegy they deserve.

The game is heavily inspired by the works of Keats, Byron, and Shelly, so it’s especially great if you’re a fan of that trio. However, this game is amazing for writers everywhere. The missions offer 27 different challenges, pushing you outside your comfort zone with prompts to help you create poetic narratives about dead worlds.

There aren’t many games about writing fiction, so this is a great one to pick up for writers and non-writers alike.

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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If you’re like me, you’re probably tired of hearing about the marvels and advantages of extroversion. So rarely is introversion given the same positive status, and introverts the same praise. But with Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, author Susan Cain sets out to right that wrong. She begins by pointing out how many of the most famous and influential authors are introverts. These authors include the likes of Rosa Parks, Chopin, and Doctor Suess, and that’s just to name a few. She then goes on to argue for the value of introversion and what society loses by failing to value it at all.

Quiet is a fantastic read for all those introverts who have ever found themselves feeling just a little bit underappreciated. It will help you see the value of turning inward within yourself, which is an amazing confidence booster. Sometimes we just need to hear it from someone who knows what they’re talking about.

A Writer's Guide To Character Expression

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($10.49 at the time of publication)

It can be a huge challenge for a writer to convey a character’s emotion to a reader. Or, at least it can be challenging to do it in a way that is unique and compelling. And even if you know what you’re trying to say, it can be a chore in itself to decide which of the gazillion different ways to describe an emotion you want to use. Enter The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. The book is essentially a comprehensive list of ways to describe 75 different emotions. The Emotion Thesaurus covers everything from the use of body language to a character’s internal thoughts to a character’s impulsive responses. It’s a great resource that adheres to the ever-prevalent “show, don’t tell” philosophy of writing.

Writer Emergency Pack

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($14.99 at the time of publication)

This Writer Emergency Pack is brought to you by John August, the screenwriter behind such titles as Go, Big Fish, and Frankenweenie. The pack comes with 26 illustrated cards meant to help you “resuscitate” your story. The cards are designed to aid you in such writerly tasks as closing plot holes, spicing up cookie-cutter characters, and considering your themes. The cards appeal specifically to writers of fiction with a focus on character and conflict. They’re an amazing resource for curing writer’s block and helping you see your story in a different way.

August hosts a podcast called Scriptnotes, along with fellow screenwriter Craig Mazin. It’s a great podcast, even for non-screenwriters, that covers all the same story elements the Writer’s Emergency Pack is designed to address.

People of Walmart Adult Coloring Book

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($10.89 at the time of publication)

Adult coloring books have become very popular, and it’s easy to see why. They’re a great way to have fun on your own and reduce stress. For writers, they can be a great way to take a break from all the words and just enjoy yourself with a more zenful (coining it) activity. There are tons of different adult coloring books featuring tons of different themes ranging from farting animals to cat butts. This particular adult coloring book focuses on people of Walmart, so it includes quite a few human butts (or buttcracks, at least). I cracked up when I saw the title, so I had to include it. If you’re a people watcher, this is definitely the book for you. And who knows, within the People of Walmart Coloring Book, you may just find some unlooked-for inspiration.

Zen Garden

Keeping a lid on your stress level is crucial to the practice of writing. There are a ton of tools out there designed specifically to put your mind at ease, from stress balls to coloring books, you name it. The Zen Garden is a great example of one such stress-relieving tool. I really like the idea of the Zen Garden because it allows you to do something with your hands while your mind continues to mull over whatever story problem you’re working out. It’s almost like it tricks your brain into thinking your body is doing something, leaving your mind free to wander. If you have a brain that works like that, the Zen Garden is a perfect tool.

Blue Light-Blocking Booklight

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($14.95 at the time of publication)

Lots of people like to read in bed, but there’s that pesky problem of blue light that tends to get in the way of our sleeping patterns. If you don’t know, blue light is the type of light that tells your brain it’s daytime. So, if you expose yourself to it too close to bedtime, it’ll trick your brain into thinking it’s day, and you’ll have a tougher time getting to sleep. This blue-light-blocking book light is designed with amber glass that filters out 99.94% of blue light, allowing you to enjoy your bedtime story while encouraging the production of melatonin in your brain. All this to say, the blue light-blocking booklight prepares you for a good night’s sleep. And I don’t know about you, but I never sleep better than when I drift off in the middle of a good story.

The Storymatic

Buy or Read More on TheStorymatic Here ($23.95 at the time of publication)

Unlike some of the other story and prompt generators on this list, the Storymatic is less like a tool and more like a game. It comes with literally trillions of potential story ideas for developing character, conflict, and plot. Storymatic Studios make several Storymatic boxes, each focusing on a different theme of storytelling. The Rememory box focuses on telling stories through memory. The Synapsis box that mixes the power of storytelling with the spontaneity of improv. They even have a box tailored specifically to kids, so you can find a version for any writer, no matter what stage of development they’re in.

Smythson Notebooks

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($65 at the time of publication)

We had to get to notebooks at some point, but we didn’t want to just put any old notebook on this list. So, we decided to go with these Smythson Notebooks made by Smythson of Bond Street. The company was established in 1887, so they’ve been perfecting their notebook game for quite some time. Every notebook is handbound and made with their signature Featherweight paper. On their website, you can find notebooks in all colors and sizes. They also have a selection of quaint and witty cover titles like, “Novel Ideas” or “Don’t Believe Everything You Read.”

Perfection does come with a price, and Smythson Notebooks can be pretty expensive. But when you consider the quality of the product and the care that goes into making them, it’s entirely worth it.

Typewriter

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($259.98 at the time of publication)

There are certain types of writers who crave simplicity when it comes to their process. Other types of writers desire a more antiquated vibe to help them get into the appropriate headspace. If you fit the bill on either of those, a typewriter might be just what you need. Kind of like how records have become super popular in recent years, there’s been an uptick in typewriter sales as well. And also like modern record players, you can find typewriters that combine elements of modern technology with that nice analog character and feel. This particular typewriter is about as analog as you can get. It’s completely manual, and there are no electric components included, giving you a truly authentic experience of working on a typewriter.

KINESIS Freestyle Edge Mechanical Keyboard

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($194.99 at the time of publication)

This ergonomic keyboard is technically designed for gamers, but it’s an amazing tool for anyone who spends a disproportionate amount of time with their hands on the keyboard. The KINESIS Freestyle Keyboard is split down the middle so you can position each of your hands wherever it is most comfortable for you. The keys and switches are 100% mechanical, which is how you get that nice clacking sound. It also has a more tactile feel, relieving you of the sensation of just typing into the void. The bottom of the keyboard extends into padded palm rests for maximum comfort, so give those puppies a break why dontcha?

These are just a few of about a thousand features that make typing on the KINESIS Freestyle Keyboard an absolute delight.

Scribe Delivery Gift

Buy or Read More on Scribe Delivery Here ($29 per month at the time of publication)

Monthly gift boxes are all the rage these days. You can get everything from preplanned, ready-to-make meals to geek-themed boxes. So it follows that there should be a gift box subscription for writers. Scribedelivery is a service that once a month delivers a box of handpicked pens, notebooks, and other stationery right to your door. The materials they provide are also way more unique than anything you can find at the store. Scribedelivery combines all the practicality of purchasing new writing materials with the satisfying surprise of opening a gift.

Novelist at Work Warning Sign

This Novelist at Work Warning sign is an essential addition to every writer’s working space. I think most people probably have an innate understanding that it’s not a good idea to disturb a writer at work, but this sign will take care of those who are a little slower on the uptake. The sign reads WARNING. NOVELIST AT WORK. BYSTANDERS MAY BE WRITTEN INTO THE STORY. It’s the perfect way to express your need for a little space while bringing some charm to the situation at the same time.

I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar Shirt

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($15.00 at the time of publication)

There are tons of different literary t-shirts to choose from, and Crazy Dog T-shirts has some of the best slogans we’ve seen. This shirt reads, “I’m silently correcting your grammar.” It’s simple and doesn’t mince words, just like a good sentence should. It’s a fun and sarcastic way to advertise your literary prowess, and it doubles as a good icebreaker. Crazy Dog has tons of different designs and slogans for male and female writers alike, so you’re sure to find one that suits you.

Magnetic Poetry Kit

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($19.95 at the time of publication)

Who doesn’t love fridge poetry? This Magnetic Poetry Kit contains over 300 magnetic word tiles for your phrase-making pleasure. You can leave messages for your roommates, and depending on the tile, you can be as funny, thought-provoking, or as esoteric as you like. Alternatively, you can be like me and just string a bunch of random tiles together and watch what happens. All that said, this is actually a super fun way to get your word-brain engaged in a way that doesn’t demand too much of your time and energy.

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($12.56 at the time of publication)

With the advent of e-books, and Kindle books in particular, self-publishing your work is easier than ever. It’s certainly something I’ve looked into, and while it requires you to take on the work of several people (since you have to do your own marketing, etc.) it’s definitely better than never getting published at all. Not to mention that there are numerous self-published authors who have attained amazing success. The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide compiles self-publishing wisdom and advice from dozens of the self-publishing industry’s top professionals. You’ll get the perspective of editors, illustrators, marketers, publicists, and of course, authors. And that’s just to name a few of the professions of the contributors; there are many more. As a resource for getting into self-publishing, the Ultimate Resource Guide is a tough one to beat.

The Well-Fed Writer

If you’re considering making a living as a freelance writer, or if you’ve already been freelancing for a while but found it to be an uphill battle, you might want to check out The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less. It’s an essential guide that provides comprehensive guidance for writers in marketing, copywriting, blog writing, newsletter writing, and more. Basically, if you can write it, they can tell you how to capitalize on it. The Well-Fed Writer is an essential resource for any freelance writer.

Vintage Sealing Wax Stamp Maker Kit

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($13.99 at the time of publication)

This Vintage Sealing Wax Stamp Kit is BEYOND nerdy, which is probably why it might be my favorite gift idea on this list. Now you can seal your letters to your grandmother with your very own medieval wax seal. The kit comes in a cool-looking case that resembles an old tome. The case contains three blocks of wax, each a different color, and a stamp for each letter of the alphabet. The Wax Stamp Kit also comes with helpful instruction to guide you through your first wax stamping experience, and make sure you don’t burn down the house in the process.

Antique Feather Writing Quill

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($29.99 at the time of publication)

This Feather Quill Writing Kit is perfect for writers who want to go REALLY old school. The Feather Quill Writing Kit really is the full package, coming not only with the quill itself, but also with six different nibs, one bottle of ink, one pen holder, and one block of sealing wax. Not only that, but the quill is 100% handcrafted from luxury rosewood and stainless steel. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I bet it’s a joy to write with, too.

Ergonomic Desk Chair

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($84.88 at the time of publication)

Considering that the majority of a writer’s life is spent in a chair, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this gift sooner. The all-important desk chair is essential to quality writing. It’s no use trying to concentrate when the pain in your lower back is louder than all your characters’ voices combined. This Ergonomic Desk Chair was designed specifically to address lower back and leg pain while improving your posture. Not only that, but it looks darn comfy to boot.

Winsome Wood Writing Desk

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($112.35 at the time of publication)

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, simplicity is a virtue. This Winsome Wood Writing Desk, perfect for either the home or the studio, is both simple and beautiful. It’s not too big, not too small, and the Beachwood surface with a honey finish is very pleasing to the eye. And even though it’s not huge, it has a convenient shelf for all your knickknacks, plus three drawers for additional storage. I’m a big fan of minimalist design, and the Winsome Wood Writing Desk takes the cake.

Fair warning: some assembly required.

BAGatelle Studio Book Bags

Buy or Read More on My Modern Met Here ($78.00 at the time of publication)

Here is a very literal interpretation of a “book bag.” Brought to you by BAGatelle Studio, these book bags are bags designed to look like literal books. Maybe that description makes them seem a little clunky, but they’re actually very sleek and modern-looking. Not only that, but the designs are absolutely gorgeous. They have book bags emblazoned with covers from such famous works as The Raven, Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Elements of Style, Illustrated

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($11.49 at the time of publication)

There isn’t a writing teacher in the world who doesn’t adhere to the gospel of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. It’s an insanely simple, yet insanely helpful guide to the most common mistakes made in writing. And yet, simple though it may be, it still makes for some pretty dry reading. This edition of The Elements of Style, on the other hand, includes helpful illustrations to better, well, illustrate the point of each grammatical rule that Strunk and White layout. Definitely file The Elements of Style under your list of essential writer tools.

Writers Retreat

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here (price varies at the time of publication)

I’ve never been on a writer’s retreat myself, but it sounds like a dream. You get to spend a week (or weeks) in a paradisiacal locale doing nothing but perfecting your craft. And your only company besides yourself are other writers. There are a ton of different retreats you can choose from, but the simplest (and most affordable) of them is the Porches Writing Retreat. The Porches Writing Retreat welcomes writers to an old farmhouse built in 1854. The farmhouse is situated along the James River, in the Virginia countryside. Basically, you spend all day writing in any one of the spacious rooms in the house. And when you’re tired or need a break, you can retire to the massive porch with a glass of wine and watch the local wildlife.

Write Drunk Edit Sober Flask

Buy or Read More on Etsy Here ($23.00 at the time of publication)

From LocaDesign on Etsy comes a flash wrapped in a sleeve on which is written Hemingway’s famous quote, “Write Drunk, Edit Sober.” It’s perfect for fans of Hemingway himself, or just for writers who subscribe to the similar notion that “The first draft is always shit” (another Hemingway quote). You can honestly find Write Drunk, Edit Sober written on pretty much everything, from infinity scarves to throw pillows, but a flask seems particularly appropriate.

Wooden Folding Book Light

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($26.99 at the time of publication)

This is probably the coolest book light I’ve ever seen. From the outside, it looks more or less like a normal book. But open it up, and the glowing “pages” unfurl in your choice of red, blue, green, or yellow light. It’s not so much for reading as it is for aesthetic purposes, but it’s a great pretty aesthetic nonetheless. Better yet, the entire book light is made from all recycled materials, Plus, it’s rechargeable instead of battery-powered, making it not only super cool but also environmentally cool.

reMarkable Paper Tablet

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($649 at the time of publication)

This reMarkable Paper Tablet is a must-have for any writer who likes to write by hand without the inherent organizational obstacles. The reMarkable Paper Tablet combines the best of the analog and digital worlds. The display is made with e-ink technology, so just the Kindle, the reMarkable Paper Tablet’s screen looks just like the pages of a book. The stylus writes perfectly, and everything you write is backed up to the cloud via the tablet’s WiFi capability. It’s pretty pricey, but if you’ve got the money, this is an absolutely amazing tool for writers of all kinds.

Muk Luks

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($22.95 at the time of publication)

If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of Muk Luks before, which means you’re probably wondering what the heck that even means. But don’t worry, they’re actually one of the greatest inventions on the planet. Basically, Muk Luks are slipper-socks. They combine the best elements of both slippers and socks, fitting snugly over your foot like a sock, but with more padding and insulation, like a slipper. They’re perfect for winter, or for writer’s who have a problem with cold feet.

Bluetooth Speaker

Buy or Read More on Amazon Here ($99.95 at the time of publication)

I love to listen to music while I write. Heck, sometimes I feel like I can’t focus if I don’t. I used to have a set of speakers on my desk that plugged into my computer. They were great, but they took up way too much space at the cords got in the way of everything. A bluetooth speaker was the perfect solution. There are a ton of great options out there, but I’m particularly fond of the JBL Bluetooth Speaker. The sound quality is great, and the speaker itself isn’t too big, so it doesn’t take up too much room. Not to mention it’s waterproof, so it’s all great for listening to music in the shower.

Writer’s Digest Literary Calendar

The Writer’s Digest Literary Calendar has everything a writer needs to jumpstart their creativity. Each day comes with its own theme. Mondays are for motivation, Tuesdays are for prompts (I guess Tuesday wasn’t worthy of alliteration), Wednesdays are for wisdom, Thrusdays are for throwbacks, Fridays are for craft advice, and the weekends feature advice from agents about how to properly write a query letter. It’s an amazing resource that brings just a little nugget of value to your life, every single day. Oh, and it also tells you the month and day of the year.

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18 Creative Gifts For Young Writers

I love buying gifts for kids, tweens and teens that help them develop their interests and skills. These 18 Creative Gift Ideas for Young Writers will help your young writer have a comfortable place to work, give them prompts and ideas to inspire their writing, and give them the tools they need to write, write write!

What do you buy a young writer?

I’ve curated some of the best products on Amazon that your aspiring writer will love to receive as a gift. These range in prices, so you can combine them the gift ideas for young writers into a gift basket or just give one or two creative items. 

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Gift Ideas for Young Writers: Somewhere to write

lap desk for young writer

A writer needs somewhere special to practice their craft. If they don’ t have a desk, a lap desk is a great alternative. These come in lots of fun different colors.

small step 2 desk for young writer gift

While this is advertised as an art desk, if you have a young writer this would be amazing for writing on! We have this desk and my kids love it. It has lasted for years and it is durable and perfect sized. I would say this works great for kids ages 3-6.

white writing desk for tween or teen writer

This gorgeous desk would be perfect for a tween or teen writer.  Just make sure it fits in your space!

Writing tools for aspiring authors

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We also love these Blank Books in our house. My kids love to make their stories into “real books” by using their best handwriting and illustrating in these hardcover books. They are such a treasure for this mom to keep and are relatively inexpensive.

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I’m kind of geeking out about this typewriter! I looked for one for my daughter a few Christmases ago and couldn’t find one.  Why a typewriter when there are computers and printers?? I think a typewriter gives a different immediate type of satisfaction that you can’t get from a computer file. This typewriter from American Crafts is adorable and would be so much fun for an aspiring author. My only hesitation with this one is that it doesn’t have the best reviews (although it doesn’t have that many reviews).

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This typewriter is quite a bit more expensive but has better reviews.  It isn’t quite as cute as the first typewriter though.

Mid-level laptop gift ideas for young writers

This laptop would be great if you want to invest in technology that will do more than just write. 😉 This is a mid-level that would be great for a tween/teen.

Writing Prompts for Aspiring Authors

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A wonderful gift idea for young writers are products give them ideas of what to write about. 

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I made some fun free printable writing prompts if you want to include them with your writing gift. Sign up for the Gifty Girl Newsletter and Printables Resource library and get an access code for this printable as well as tons of other fun gift printables!

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I also love these story cubes.   Kids can roll the dice and get different prompts for their stories. (These are also really fun to bring on trips, compact and you can just make up stories out loud with the whole family!) T his set of cubes  looks really fun too (could be a stand-alone gift!). It includes Fairy Tales, Scary Stories and the classic Story Time.

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642 things to write about has creative prompts that will get kids’ writing wheels going!

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Scholastic has a super fun Story Starter machine that gives prompts and lets you actually write stories and print them out in different formats (like a newspaper story). A great link to add to the gift card. Find the writing prompts here . 

There are also writing prompts that you could print off and include in the gift like these Lego Mini-figure writing prompts from HomeGrown Learners.com. They would be perfect for a kid who loves legoes and writing!

And here are Star Wars writing prompts from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.

You could also encourage your young writer to write more about themselves.

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My book about Me  was a book I had when I was little, and it has questions for kids to answer about themselves. It is so fun to look back at! What was even MORE fun was when I saw my husband had the SAME BOOK he had filled out when he was little. Serendipity!

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This All About me Keepsake journal would work great for kids ages 8-12.

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Older teens would love a book like this All About Me and the in-between ages might like “ All About me, a Keepsake journal for kids .”

Extra Gift Ideas for Young Writers

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This book has helpful ideas and information for aspiring young writers.

If you are giving a writing gift to a teen, these online courses are pricey ($100+) but look amazing. Some options include Teen Scriptwriting, Video Game Writing, Creative Writing and Non-Fiction Writing.

I hope this gift idea fits a lucky kid in your life. Maybe it will inspire the next Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling?

Happy Gifting! Steph

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The writers are always in search of new ideas to nurture their writing skills so it would be great to present them with some unique gift that relates to them. We have put together 30 best gifts for writers that they will really appreciate. Also, give a look at the best graduation gifts for girls .

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Top Gifts For Writers

1. writers bookmark set.

Bookmark Gift Set For Writers

A good writer is also a good reader so this Dr. Seuss bookmark set is an ideal gift choice for them to keep track of multiple books they are reading from time to time. The package includes 50 pieces of bookmarks of 8 different designs.

2. Writer’s Tote Bag

Writer Tote Bag Gift

They will be able to put their pens, journal books, and other writing accessories in this tote bag safely. The typewriter print on the exterior makes it a perfect gift for the writers.

3. Writer’s Pack During A Hard Time

Writer Emergency Pack Gift

When you are not getting any idea for your next writing, this pack of 26 cards going to give you some really useful tips and suggestions on how to explore your thinking and writing skills naturally.

4. Portable Paper Shredder

Cross-Cut Paper Shredder Gift For Writers

When you sit for writing, you may go through the massive trial work to find your final piece of content. So in this situation, you will need a paper shredder to keep your writing ideas confidential.

5. Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenovo Yoga Book Gift For A Writer

As technology has revolutionized most of the aspects of life, one of its vital examples is the way of writing. A decade back, a pen and a journal book used as the main ingredients of the writing. Now writers can fulfill their writing needs using an electronic tablet that can store thousands of books securely. This Lenovo Yoga Book is an advanced version of a tablet.

6. Writer’s Block

Writer Block Gift

It gives you quick ideas for writing. Great stocking present for kids and adults

7. Reusable Notebook Gift For Writers

Reusable Notebook Gift For Writers

Who said that quote well said, “Practice makes you perfect” same rule applies to the writing. This reusable notebook will not let you down as it eliminates the fear of run short of papers when you are consuming extra papers and shredding them while rough writing.

8. Virtual keyboard Gift For Writers

Virtual keyboard Gift For Writers

The easiest way to access a typewriter anywhere you wanna have it whether you are sitting in a cafeteria or laying on a hospital bed. It easily connects with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth.

9. Men’s Dress Shirt

Men's Dress Shirt Present For The Writer

If you are looking for a decent gift for a sibling or friend who is a professional writer, it’s a great deal to buy him this nice-looking dress shirt. Available in multiple sizes and colors.

10. The Ultimate Writer’s Block

Writer Block Gift For Geeks

More than 750 ideas are waiting for you to start your writing career. The ultimate guide for writers!

11. Leather Journal Gift For Writers

Leather Journal Writers Gift

The scented journal made of original leather gives it a classical look. Excellent binding and paper quality. Also, it comes with a beautiful pen and packed in a nice gift box so a wiser gift for writing geeks.

12. Bracelet Gift For Authors

Bracelet Gift For Writers

It’s a super cool girl’s bracelet that looks amazing on her wrist when she is writing.

13. Creative Writer’s Games

Creative Games For Writers

Write while playing a quiz and end up with a beautiful short story your won’t thought of.

14. Writer’s Plastic Door Knob

Door Knob Gift For Nerds

Hang this knob on the wall where you sit for writing to convey a silent message “ Do not disturb, writer at work ” to the others.

15. Typewriter Pencils Holder

Typewriter Pencils Holder For Writers

This dummy typewriter is a relatable gift for the writers to keep pens and pencils in an organized manner for easy access.

16. Personalized Engraved Pen

Personalized Engraved Pen Gift For Young Writers

The best gift for the Ernest Hemingway fans. It has a great quote on side with an official Ernest Hemingway’s signature.

17. Guide To Psychological Trauma

Psychological Trauma Book Gift For Writers

All the content of this book is a great resource to broaden your knowledge and think out of the box. A thoughtful gift for the young writers.

18. Mug Gift For Women Writers

Mug Gift For A Women Writer

If your recipeint is the lady writer, it’s a nice present to motivate her to create some good content.

19. Typewriter Coaster Gift Set

Typewriter Coaster Set For Writers

It’s a beatuiful and relateble gift for the senior writers. Featuring an old fashioned beautiful design of typewriters. Come in heavyweight 4 pieces of coasters.

20. Portable Glass Tea Infuser Gift For Writers

Tea Infuser Gift For Writers

Most of the writers enjoy more writing having a cup of hot tea/coffee so this portable tea maker is going to make them please which helps in making instant hot beverages.

21. Memory Foam Lap Desk

memory foam lap desk Gift For The Writers

22. Iron Sculpture Gift For Reader & Writers

Iron Sculpture Gift For The Writer

Surprise your loved one who is avid writer with this excellent art of iron sculpture that is featuring a chsracter reading a book.

23. Leather Celtic Journal

Leather Celtic Journal Gift For Senior Writers

It’s a fantastic antiqued design refillable leather journal booklet gift for the geek senior writers. It can also be used as a scrapbook, photo album, or a ledger book.

24. Throw Pillow Cover

Throw Pillow Cover For Writers

It’s a great source of motivation that keeps you push up for writing when you feel get tired and about to leave.

25. Necklace Gift For Female Writers

Crescent Moon Necklace Gift For Girl Writers

This nice looking crescent moon necklace comes with an inspirational quote that makes it relevant gift for a girl writer.

26. Birthday Card Gift For A Writer

Birthday Card Gift For The Writers

Funny birthday card pops up from a typewriter present for your beloved one who is a poet or a story writer.

27. Questions Cards

Questions Cards For The Writers

Test your writing skills answering some random deep relative questions to bring more energy and motivation.

28. Travel Notebook Gift For Writers

Travel Notebook Present For The Writers

An ultimate luxury gift set (Leather Notebook + Pen) that a hardworking writer deserves from you.

29. Library Necklace

Library Necklace For Writers

30. Glitter Gel Pen Set (100 Pcs)

Glitter Gel Pen Set For Kids

To motivate your children for nourishing their writing skills, these multiple color pens are ideal to keep them focus and get better and better in writing.

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20 awesome gifts for kid and teen writers

by Kim Kautzer | Dec 1, 2020 | Gift Guides

What gifts can you choose for kids and teens who love to write? When it comes time to buy a gift for the young writers in your life , you want a perfect present they’ll appreciate for months and years to come.

Because writing is our specialty here at WriteShop, we know exactly what a young—or merely young at heart —writer would love to receive. Some are whimsical; others are serious craft-building tools. Either way, you can trust us on these gift picks.

Writers have a big thing for words! So any present related to writing tools and creativity is right up their alley. When shopping for language-loving kids and teens who love to write, we hope you discover a few perfect gifts from our curated collection below!

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1.  Telescoping Pencil Pouch

There are never enough pencil pouches to hold all of a writer’s favorite implements . This telescoping pencil case —which collapses to double as a standing pencil cup—will organize plenty of pens, pencils, erasers, and highlighters with cheerful flair. Made of sturdy canvas, the zippered pouch comes in an assortment of styles and colors so you can pick one your child or teen will love!

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2.  Faux Leather Desk Organizer

Available in over a dozen bright and neutral colors , this minimalist faux-leather desk caddy will keep your teen writer a little more organized , with plenty of room for pencils, pens, scissors, and note cards. The drawer version features an extra compartment for stashing small items like paper clips or sticky notes.

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3.  Wooden Elephant Pencil & Cellphone Holder

Here’s a fun twist on desktop organizers! This whimsical wooden elephant cradles your teen’s smartphone in its trunk and holds an assortment of favorite writing implements.

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4.  Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pen s

This pack of 14 gel pens definitely infuses writing time with JOY! The vivid ink glides across the paper, drying quickly and brightening your young writer’s ideas with vivid color. A variety of colors and smooth flow give writers the control they want while getting their thoughts on paper. Just by switching up pen colors, they can organize different ideas, make corrections, or simply add to the delight of the writing process!

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5.  Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

A writer is on a constant quest to perfect his craft. This book is one of the best guides a writer can own . Author Roy Peter Clark shares a series of fifty-five short essays on different aspects of writing , based on his almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching.

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6.  The Rural Setting Thesaurus

Writers of fiction will appreciate this guide to describing settings revolving around school, home, and nature . The Rural Setting Thesaurus assists teen writers as they weave conflict and plot twists for these locations into their stories.

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7.  Thesaurus of the Senses

Kids and teens who love to write are always looking for that perfect word. The Thesaurus of the Senses expands their ability to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell so they can describe the world around them in vivid detai l . This is the resource they’ll draw from when they need a rich list of sensory synonyms to enliven their writing with creative description.

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8.  Smencils Scented Pencils

If the writer you love has to have everything just so before they can sit down with their thoughts, these scented pencils may be just the ticket. The scent lasts for 2 years and includes 5 delicious flavors:  Cola, Jelly Bean, Sour Apple, Cupcake, and Rainbow Sherbet . Yum! Better yet, these #2 graphite pencils are made from recycled newspapers .

Looking for something different? Try these Sports Smencils instead!

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9.  Wreck This Journal (in Color!)

Perhaps the coolest and most inspiring journal they’ll ever own, young writers will love this all-new edition of Wreck This Journal —now in stunning full color! The journal becomes completely theirs as they unleash their creativity with prompts for painting, shredding, and transforming its pages.

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10. Bedside Writing Caddy

If your favorite teenage authors prefer to compose in the sanctuary of their own bedroom, this bedside writing caddy is perfect for keeping all the tools of the trade within arm’s reach and off the floor. With multiple pockets, it has room for notepads, composition notebooks, a tablet or Chromebook, pens, and more. It also keeps charging cords organized!

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11.  Pencil Knee Socks

Nothing symbolizes writing more than the classic yellow pencil! These long pencil knee socks dress up the legs in old-style school charm, complete with pink eraser at the top and No. 2 graphite indicator on the side.

antique quill set

12.  Antique Writing Quill Set

Although this quill writing set is more for fun than for serious writing, it does have an air of sophistication that will appeal to your young writer. Dipping the quill into ink, changing nibs, and using sealing wax will transport your writer back in time and possibly inspire a greater appreciative of modern ballpoint and felt tip pens!

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13.  IlluStory Book-Making Kit

How fun is this book-making kit ? It walks children through writing, illustrating and even publishing their very own hardcover book they can cherish for years to come. The only limit is their own imagination!

If they’re more into comics, check out the My Comic Book version instead!

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14.  Connections: Letter-Writing Kit for Kids

With themed stationary, stickers and a stamp , this Connections Letter- W riting Kit for Kids is a perfect intro to this lost art. They’ll have so much fun writing to friends and family that they won’t even notice they’re practicing penmanship and improving their communication skills along the way! The best part? The letters your kids create and send will bring smiles to each recipient.

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15.  Authors Card Game

In   Authors Card Game , a vintage twist on Go Fish. players compete to collect books from classic authors. Thirteen authors and their literary offerings are the focal point of this race against your opponents. Because there are 52 numbered cards, they can be used for an assortment of other card games as well.

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16.  Kids’ Wireless Earbuds

For young authors who appreciate musical inspiration during writing sessions, consider these kids’ wireless earbuds in Batman and kitty styles. There are lots of other styles to choose from, too!

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17.  Grammar Rules Pencil Set

Any self-respecting grammar nerd will adore these ombre-look pencils adorned with snarky quips, including:

  • LOVE THE OXFORD COMMA
  • ‘ALOT’ IS NOT A WORD
  • KNOW YOUR ITS FROM YOUR IT’S

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18.  Flowing Water Pencil Holder

Get the ideas “flowing” with this funky, one-of-a-kind desk accessory . Available in 5 colors , this bucket appears to be suspended in air as it leaks a flow of clear “water.”

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19.  Tall Tales Storytelling Board Game

Get everyone in the family involved playing one of the five variations of this Tall Tales board game . The fifty colorful game pieces are a fun bonus. The non-competitive game promotes creativity and language skills and is super fun for kids and grownups alike. Because it doesn’t require reading, it’s perfect for children as young as four.

Are you homeschooling? If you’re teaching WriteShop Junior Book F to your 5th, 6th, or 7th graders, this would be a great addition to the Book F Tall Tales lesson!

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20.  Secrets of Storytelling

In clear, kid-friendly language, this book teaches children how to write a story, from creating characters to developing a plot. Organized in bite-size segments, Secrets of Storytelling helps young writers build their storytelling skills and flex their creative muscles with engaging prompts designed especially for 8- to 12-year-olds.

If you’re looking for more gifts for kids, teens or adults who love to write, follow this link to find 40 clever gifts for readers, writers, and word nerds .

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How to Resist the Temptation of AI When Writing

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Whether you're a student, a journalist, or a business professional, knowing how to do high-quality research and writing using trustworthy data and sources, without giving in to the temptation of AI or ChatGPT , is a skill worth developing.

As I detail in my book Writing That Gets Noticed , locating credible databases and sources and accurately vetting information can be the difference between turning a story around quickly or getting stuck with outdated information.

For example, several years ago the editor of Parents.com asked for a hot-take reaction to country singer Carrie Underwood saying that, because she was 35, she had missed her chance at having another baby. Since I had written about getting pregnant in my forties, I knew that as long as I updated my facts and figures, and included supportive and relevant peer-reviewed research, I could pull off this story. And I did.

The story ran later that day , and it led to other assignments. Here are some tips I’ve learned that you should consider mastering before you turn to automated tools like generative AI to handle your writing work for you.

Identify experts, peer-reviewed research study authors, and sources who can speak with authority—and ideally, offer easily understood sound bites or statistics on the topic of your work. Great sources include professors at major universities and media spokespeople at associations and organizations.

For example, writer and author William Dameron pinned his recent essay in HuffPost Personal around a statistic from the American Heart Association on how LGBTQ people experience higher rates of heart disease based on discrimination. Although he first found the link in a secondary source (an article in The New York Times ), he made sure that he checked the primary source: the original study that the American Heart Association gleaned the statistic from. He verified the information, as should any writer, because anytime a statistic is cited in a secondary source, errors can be introduced.

Jen Malia, author of  The Infinity Rainbow Club  series of children’s books (whom I recently interviewed on my podcast ), recently wrote a piece about dinosaur-bone hunting for Business Insider , which she covers in her book Violet and the Jurassic Land Exhibit.

After a visit to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Malia, whose books are set in Philadelphia, found multiple resources online and on the museum site that gave her the history of the Bone Wars , information on the exhibits she saw, and the scientific names of the dinosaurs she was inspired by. She also used the Library of Congress’ website, which offers digital collections and links to the Library of Congress Newspaper Collection.

Malia is a fan of searching for additional resources and citable documents with Google Scholar . “If I find that a secondary source mentions a newspaper article, I’m going to go to the original newspaper article, instead of just stopping there and quoting,” she says.

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Your local public library is a great source of free information, journals, and databases (even ones that generally require a subscription and include embargoed research). For example, your search should include everything from health databases ( Sage Journals , Scopus , PubMed) to databases for academic sources and journalism ( American Periodical Series Online , Statista , Academic Search Premier ) and databases for news, trends, market research, and polls (t he Harris Poll , Pew Research Center , Newsbank , ProPublica ).

Even if you find a study or paper that you can’t access in one of those databases, consider reaching out to the study’s lead author or researcher. In many cases, they’re happy to discuss their work and may even share the study with you directly and offer to talk about their research.

For journalist Paulette Perhach’s article on ADHD in The New York Times, she used Epic Research to see “dual team studies.” That's when two independent teams address the same topic or question, and ideally come to the same conclusions. She recommends locating research and experts via key associations for your topic. She also likes searching via Google Scholar but advises filtering it for studies and research in recent years to avoid using old data. She suggests keeping your links and research organized. “Always be ready to be peer-reviewed yourself,” Perhach says.

When you are looking for information for a story or project, you might be inclined to start with a regular Google search. But keep in mind that the internet is full of false information, and websites that look trustworthy can sometimes turn out to be businesses or companies with a vested interest in you taking their word as objective fact without additional scrutiny. Regardless of your writing project, unreliable or biased sources are a great way to torpedo your work—and any hope of future work.

Author Bobbi Rebell researched her book Launching Financial Grownups using the IRS’ website . “I might say that you can contribute a certain amount to a 401K, but it might be outdated because those numbers are always changing, and it’s important to be accurate,” she says. “AI and ChatGPT can be great for idea generation,” says Rebell, “but you have to be careful. If you are using an article someone was quoted in, you don’t know if they were misquoted or quoted out of context.”

If you use AI and ChatGPT for sourcing, you not only risk introducing errors, you risk introducing plagiarism—there is a reason OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is being sued for downloading information from all those books.

Audrey Clare Farley, who writes historical nonfiction, has used a plethora of sites for historical research, including Women Also Know History , which allows searches by expertise or area of study, and JSTOR , a digital library database that offers a number of free downloads a month. She also uses Chronicling America , a project from the Library of Congress which gathers old newspapers to show how a historical event was reported, and Newspapers.com (which you can access via free trial but requires a subscription after seven days).

When it comes to finding experts, Farley cautions against choosing the loudest voices on social media platforms. “They might not necessarily be the most authoritative. I vet them by checking if they have a history of publication on the topic, and/or educational credentials.”

When vetting an expert, look for these red flags:

  • You can’t find their work published or cited anywhere.
  • They were published in an obscure journal.
  • Their research is funded by a company, not a university, or they are the spokesperson for the company they are doing research for. (This makes them a public relations vehicle and not an appropriate source for journalism.)

And finally, the best endings for virtually any writing, whether it’s an essay, a research paper, an academic report, or a piece of investigative journalism, circle back to the beginning of the piece, and show your reader the transformation or the journey the piece has presented in perspective.

As always, your goal should be strong writing supported by research that makes an impact without cutting corners. Only then can you explore tools that might make the job a little easier, for instance by generating subheads or discovering a concept you might be missing—because then you'll have the experience and skills to see whether it's harming or helping your work.

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How Much Money to Give for a Graduation Gift in 2024

The end of spring and beginning of summer brings with it tons of graduation ceremonies at many levels. Giving a cash gift is a super nice gesture that will help a new graduate make the transition to the next part of their life. However, it can be a little challenging to know how much to give as a graduation gift and which factors to consider when you're writing that check (or sending that Venmo).

Whether the student in your life is finishing middle school, high school, or college, money is a common gift to give graduates for a reason. They can use it for anything from books to travel to transportation. How much you should give depends on the student's age and your relationship to them. Don't stress, though. If you keep a few tips in mind, you'll be all set!

Helpful Guidelines That Simplify Monetary Graduation Gifts 

If you're wondering about how much to give for a graduation gift, you should consider first what you can afford and then your relationship to the graduate. If you're really close, you may want to give more. If they are the child of a coworker or not someone you know really well, you may not choose to give quite as much.

Like most rules about giving presents, there's no specific amount that etiquette dictates is appropriate for a graduation gift. However, there are some guidelines to help you make the choice.

How Much Should You Give for Middle School Gifts?

A middle school graduation isn't an event that tends to get as much hype as a high school or college graduation. Anyone who has made it through middle school knows that it's a rite of passage though, and it's totally worth celebrating.

Some students are beginning to send out announcements, letting friends and family know that they are heading to the next phase in their education. In that case, it makes sense for parents and grandparents to give a gift to acknowledge the accomplishment.

  • Great!Schools.org suggests giving movie passes, spa vouchers, gift certificates, or spirit wear instead of cash to middle school grads. 
  • If you are giving cash, about $10-30 is appropriate.

How Much Money Do You Give a High School Graduate?

Graduating from high school is a momentous occasion. To show teens what a big deal this is, people tend to give a lot more for this type of accomplishment. The National Retail Federation pointed out that about 33% of people plan to give money or another graduation gift.

Fast Fact According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey , the average amount people spent on a graduation gift in 2023 was about $116. That's a slight increase over the previous year.

The amount varies based on age bracket, but parents are typically the highest spenders. The average high school graduation money gift is between $30 and $200 dollars. The amounts can vary depending on your relationship, but these are some ranges to keep in mind:

  • Friends and siblings:  If you're giving a graduation gift to a sibling or friend, there's no set amount. Still, something in the range of $30 to $75 is usually appropriate, depending on how close you are.
  • Children of acquaintances or coworkers:  It's a nice gesture to give a gift to the son or daughter of your neighbor, coworker, or other acquaintance. You can spend whatever feels right, but generally, $30 to $50 is appropriate if you don't have a personal relationship with the graduate.
  • Nieces and nephews:  There's no set rule for how much to give your nephew or niece for high school graduation, but it's generally more than you'd give a friend. Something in the range of $100-$200 is a good choice.
  • Children:  A typical graduation gift from parents can range from $100 to much more. If parents are helping with college costs or other expenses, they may give less.
  • Grandchildren:  An appropriate college graduation gift from grandparents can range from $50 to $200 or more, depending on how close the student is to the grandparents and the financial situation of everyone in the family.

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How Much Money Do You Give for a College Graduation Gift?

Graduating from college is a big deal, which makes many wonder if a larger monetary gift is required. Giving a cash gift for graduation can help defray some of the costs of getting that degree, allowing a student to pay down some loans or begin their career with a nest egg. Bright Hub states that many people give between $100 and $500 as a college graduation gift, but this can depend a lot on their relationships with the recent grad. 

Typically, for a two- to four-year degree, these are some guidelines to consider:

  • Children:  Anywhere from $50 to $500 or more is appropriate for a parent, depending on how much financial help they have offered throughout the college years.
  • Close relatives like grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and siblings:  If you're a close family member of the graduate, expect to give around $50 to $200.
  • Close friend:  If a good friend is graduating, a $50 to $100 gift is a good choice.
  • Acquaintance or co-worker:  Spend less for someone you don't know quite as well. A good range is $30 to $75.
Quick Tip The amount you give for advanced degrees like Master's or PhD's can go up by about $100 for each degree.

4 Tips for Giving a Monetary Graduation Gift

While these are general guidelines for what to give, the giving is truly based on your own discretion. Don't stress about making sure your gift falls within the average range. Instead, it's about what works for you.

Give What You Can Afford

When you consider giving a gift of money, you'll want to take into account your personal finances and how much you can afford. If you're on a fixed income, you might give less. On the other hand, if you have disposable income, you might choose to give more.

Think About Special Circumstances

The graduate's situation also needs to come into play. Did the person graduate with honors at any of the different levels? This might be rewarded with a higher-than-average monetary gift.

Consider the Graduate's Financial Situation

The average cost of college has gone up by 134% in the past 20 years , and many graduates are dealing with increased tuition costs on top of inflation and other factors. When you're considering how much to give for graduation, think about the graduate's circumstances. Will they have student loans? How much will their family be helping? Do they have other financial pressures? Try to base your gift on their level of need.

Give Your Cash Gift at the Appropriate Time

When you give monetary gifts, you want to be sure that you do it right. You don't just want to hand a graduate a wad of cash while in their cap and gown. Unless you're getting creative, putting it in a card with a personalized message is best. Additionally, it's discouraged to give anything at the ceremony itself. This is because the graduate might lose it in the shuffle. Wait to give it to them at the open house if they have one or put it in the mail. If that isn't possible, wait until you can talk to them privately and hand them a card.

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11 Creative Ways to Give Cash Gifts

If you're considering giving an appropriate cash amount as a gift, try these creative ideas to make that graduate smile:

  • Make paper money flowers out of the cash.
  • Make a lei out of one-dollar bills.
  • Blow up balloons with money inside.
  • Use a box from a chocolate sampler and put folded bills where all the chocolates were.
  • Make a money tree gift.
  • Give them a calendar with money taped to each month.
  • Fill a piggy bank with twenty-dollar bills.
  • Put some cash inside a shadow box with a glass front and add a decal or sticker that says, "In case of emergency, break glass."
  • Tuck cash into a photo album filled with pictures leading up to the graduation.
  • Roll dollar bills and arrange them to create a layered cake, secured with ribbon.
  • Tuck money into school supplies, such as a pencil holder or notebook.

Cash Gifts Are Perfect for Graduation

Monetary graduation gifts are an excellent idea with a lot of creative potential. Get a little creative with your cash gift and make the presentation something to remember. The graduating student will really appreciate the gesture, no matter how much you give them.

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Craft the perfect creative writing prompt from Microsoft Designer's AI images

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by Monica Jayasinghe

Hello, fellow educators! I recently discovered an exciting way to create engaging writing prompts for my students using AI and Microsoft Designer . The results were amazing, and I can't wait to share this fun and innovative approach with you!

Describing the Vision:

To get started, head over to Microsoft Designer . We'll use the power of AI to generate an image that will serve as the foundation for our writing prompt.

We'll use Image Creator , where you can describe the image you want to create. The goal is to generate an image that will capture your students' imagination and inspire them to write.

For this example, I entered the prompt, A spacecraft landing near a house, futuristic, mysterious.

The results of the prompt "A spacecraft landing near a house, futuristic, mysterious."

Choose the image you want to work with

Once you select Generate , Microsoft Designer will provide you with a variety of AI-generated images. Since we're creating a writing prompt, look for an image that has space for adding instructions and is easy to read.

You'll be amazed by the number of options available! When you find an image you like, click on it and select Edit image .

Customize the image

After selecting your preferred image, it's time to customize it.

  • Click on Resize in the top panel and adjust the dimensions to match a PowerPoint slide. This will ensure that the image fits perfectly when you're ready to present it to your students. You can also align the image anywhere on the page to create the perfect composition.
  • In the box labeled AI tools , you'll see additional customization options. Consider playing with the filters to update the mood and color scheme of your image.

Add instructions and text

To make the writing prompt clear and easy to read, click on the existing text and customize it. To add a heading, click on Text in the left panel. The right panel will populate with even more ideas you can use.

Designer's text suggestions for the image

In this example, I changed the color to white and added a story starter.

The spaceship image with the words "A visitor arrives"

Engage your students

The possibilities for using AI-generated images as writing prompts are endless! Here are a few options:

Get inspired by the artwork

The most obvious way to use these images is as direct inspiration for student writing. Generate a bold, fantastical, emotional, or silly image and have students write a story about what's happening in the image.

Try this prompt: A whimsical classroom under the sea. The teacher is a wise old octopus. The classroom is decorated with shell desks and seaweed streamers .

The results of the prompt "  https://designer.microsoft.com/image-creator?p=A+whimsical+classroom+%5Bin%2Funder%5D+%5Bthe+sea%5D.+The+teacher+is+a+wise+old+%5Boctopus%5D.+The+classroom+is+decorated+with+%5Bshell%5D+desks+and+%5Bseaweed+streamers%5D.+&referrer=PromptTemplate Edit Edit   Remove Remove       A whimsical classroom under the sea. The teacher is a wise old octopus. The classroom is decorated with shell desks and seaweed streamers."

Bring stories to life

Another great idea is to take an excerpt from a story you're reading in class and use the AI to generate an image that matches that specific part of the story. This will spark engaging discussions among your students and bring the story to life in a whole new way.

Bring units to life

Why stop at a story? You can also generate images that fit the theme of a unit you're working on, whether you're exploring weather patterns or reliving life on the Oregon Trail.

Consider setting aside some time each day or week for students to free write or journal. Kick off the writing session with an AI-generated image, then throw on some light classical music and let them write. Mix up the kind of images you show them, from lush landscapes to abstract pop art, and see what it inspires.

Try this prompt: An abstract painting in vivid colors

The results of the prompt "An abstract painting in vivid colors"

You can even include animated options. After you generate your image in Microsoft Designer, select the image and Create Design . In the right-hand panel that appears, you'll see several design options. Usually, one or more of these options will be animated. Select the animated option and add it to your PowerPoint!

Accessing your AI-generated images

One of the best features of Microsoft Designer is that all the images you create using AI are saved in the My Media section. This means you'll never lose your creations and can easily access them whenever you need them.

This feature enables educators to curate a collection of visuals for various writing themes, be it aliens, dragons, or any other imaginative scenario.

Wrapping up

Microsoft Designer is a game-changer for educators looking to inspire their students' creativity. The AI-generated images, customization options, and easy access to your creations make this a powerful tool for any classroom.

Head over to designer.microsoft.com today and start creating unforgettable writing prompts!

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Shopping for a crafter can be both tricky and fun. On the one hand, they might have a preference for certain brands, suppliers, or tools, particularly if they're into a specialty craft. However, even if you don't know what specific supplies they need for their ongoing crafts, you can always get them a craft kit that introduces them to a new DIY project. And if all else fails, you can always purchase a gift card to a craft store so they can simply pick out their own gift.

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They can still keep their hands occupied, but this time, they'll be focused on crafting their own little garden. Here they'll get everything they need to grow four different types of bonsai.

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Birth Month Bird Punch Needle Pillow Kit

We're willing to bet this is one craft they haven't tried yet! This punch needle kit comes with everything they need to create a gorgeous pillow with their birth month's bird on it.

Adults and Crafts Crate Subscription Box

Crate Subscription Box

If there's one thing a crafty person loves, it's a new project. With this subscription box for teens and adults, they'll get a monthly shipment of supplies and instructions for a cool craft project. Some of the Pinterest-worthy crafts in previous boxes have included an engraving kit, a resin agate coaster kit, and a wine caddy kit.

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Assorted Cookie Tin

Give her a sweet treat that'll fuel her through all those late-night crafting sessions. This box comes with some of Milk Bar's most popular cookies, including their Compost Cookie and Chocolate Confetti Cookie.

Crochet Animal DIY Kit

Crochet Animal DIY Kit

This gift introduces your favorite crafter to amigurumi , the Japanese art of crocheting adorable stuffed critters. The kit comes with access to step-by-step video tutorials, yarn, stuffing, a crochet hook, and everything else they need to create these cute mini animals.

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Make-Your-Own Rangoli Coasters Kit

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DIY Sugar Scrub Kit

This is a crafty gift that doubles as a thoughtful self-care gift. It comes with everything your recipient needs to create their own sugar scrub, including sugar, sweet almond oil, and scented essential oils that let them create their own special fragrance.

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Felt Succulents Kit

If they love their plants as much as they love crafting, you can bring their favorite things together with this DIY felt succulents kit. Soon they'll have a beautiful felt garden to rival their real one.

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Arts and Crafts Vault

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'The Making It Guide to Crafting'

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These Spelling Bee Hint Writers Want to Help You Get to Genius

Four enthusiasts talk about why they wake up in the middle of the night to write hints for other Spelling Bee solvers.

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By Elie Levine

In the early hours of the morning, a small but dedicated group of solvers log on to the Spelling Bee Forum to share hints for anyone who gets stuck on the way to Genius, the game’s official top score. They post shortly after the new Spelling Bee replaces the previous day’s at 3 a.m. Eastern time.

Their hints are short, clever phrases designed to help solvers find all of the words in the puzzle. As more solvers wake up and hit the “Recommend” button on the lists they like, the hint posts rise to the top of the Reader Picks feed. The hint creators have developed their own writing styles, and each has a community of fans.

New York Times Games peeked behind the curtain of the thriving Spelling Bee subculture to understand the independent word lovers who bring so much joy to solvers’ lives. Four volunteers, who post under the screen names Jenn E., Steve G., Kitt Richards and Kline, joined The Times from their homes on Feb. 16 for a virtual round table — or in a nod to the hints that players love, a “nonsquare dining surface,” as Ms. Richards wrote in an email ahead of the event.

The hint writers talked about where they found inspiration, how the Bee affects their sleep and the words they would like to see included in future installments. Jenn E. and Steve G. called in from Los Angeles, Kitt Richards from Cambridge, Mass., and Kline from Chicago.

Do you have a word you would like to see in the Hive? Email us at [email protected] .

This discussion has been edited for brevity and clarity.

When did you start writing hints?

STEVE G.: I’m coming up on my anniversary, on April Fools’ Day, almost two years ago. That’s when I started doing it . I was in Ormond Beach, Fla., at the time, during the pandemic. I lived with my daughter, and we’ve always played the Crossword. I have not missed the Crossword. My streak has lasted 1,673 days.

I am a Crossword-first person. I love getting my daughter involved. She’s a 20-something. We would race Monday nights. She could beat me on Mondays easily because she’s a digital native. I think I’m faster at solving than she is, but not faster in typing.

We found the Spelling Bee. I’d always ignored it. Like, OK, what is there to it? We started doing it, and then I started texting her little clues.

Then I saw that hints existed. The challenge for me was to get them out as fast as possible and to have them be as original as I could make them.

I don’t do this as a favor to the Spelling Bee community. It’s a symbiotic relationship where I get to have my little creativity session with the words. And no, I don’t solve the puzzle when I’m doing hints, but I have solved the puzzle.

When I make the hints, it’s like, How can I make Monday-level crosswords? Everybody is getting hints that I’m writing for my daughter. That’s why they’ll sometimes be educational, or have a little morality play.

KLINE: I started a year or two before Steve. I think brevity is better when you’re providing a hint or a clue. My professional life had me being very direct. I don’t mince words.

I have fun playing. I like to solve the puzzles without looking at your clues. But oftentimes I’ll be stuck on one or two, and it’s like, I could see what my friends have said.

KITT RICHARDS: I used to be an avid crossword puzzler. My point of pride was that I would always do the Crossword in pen.

It’s been about a year since I started writing hints. From September until June 2023 I was working 18 to 24 hours a day. It was the worst experience I’ve ever had of deadlines and multiple projects. I often found myself staying up all night, too. At the same time, I was like, I’ve got to do the Bee!

I lost the job because I couldn’t keep up. I don’t want to tell myself that it was the Bee that caused me to lose the job, because I would never admit that, but it could be.

I don’t know if you remember this, Steve. I thought your hints were hilarious and so well done. I would write in the replies, “I can’t get this word! Help!”

STEVE G.: Replies to me? I don’t remember those.

KITT RICHARDS: I would write to you! Other people would weigh in. They were very helpful. Eventually I got better at solving the puzzle. I saw how often words repeat, and so I started getting faster and better at it. Eventually, my competitive streak kicked in and I wanted to start writing clues.

When I first started writing them, people would make comments in the replies, like, “You write clues like Kline did.” They’re succinct, they’re short and that’s the way I think and speak anyway.

How does crafting hints fit into your sleep schedule?

STEVE G.: I was getting up at 3 a.m. Now, in Los Angeles, I’m like, How can I make it to midnight? That’s the challenge.

KITT RICHARDS: I would give anything to have it at midnight.

STEVE G.: I’m running on fumes because I still work mostly for the East Coast, so my day begins at 6 a.m.

I’ll maybe hit the hay at 10 p.m. and then wake up at midnight, and then go back to sleep if I can. Sometimes you want to see what the people are saying, you know?

JENN E.: It would be nice to be able to sleep seven or eight hours straight through. I’m falling asleep at 7:30, 8 p.m., and waking up again at midnight. I tried staying up until midnight and I just couldn’t do it.

What is your creative process like?

STEVE G.: I have dictionaries, Wikipedia and a lot of other sources ready to go. I’m a very fast researcher.

I try not to give the word away. If the word were “feline,” I probably wouldn’t want to write “beeline.” I want people to have to work, but not too much. I aspire to show them a nonobvious way to see the word, and for some people, that seems to resonate. To others, it’s annoying. That’s why I think diversity among hint writers is strength.

I do like to have some evocative trivia because again, I’m trying to write it for my daughter. In fact, I’m still trying to get her to take me to some of these trivia places in Los Angeles, because that is also my first love.

KITT RICHARDS: I probably don’t have anywhere near as many resources as Steve. I keep my emojis on my desktop for quick reference because I like to decorate my posts .

My brain thinks in textures and colors. For me, the words have to be somewhat alliterative or have a textural quality to them, so if you said them out loud it would lead you to the word.

JENN E.: All those years of teaching taught me that what I could teach one way I quickly learned didn’t work for everyone else. Everyone’s mind works differently, right?

My sentences have been called cheating many times … sorry! For other people, they need context. They need something to kick that word right out of the back of their brain.

What do you want the Spelling Bee community to know about you?

KLINE: Well, for one, that I’m on the face of the earth again. I did have somewhat of a sudden departure last year. Given that I am very short with words, I didn’t feel the need to explain my disappearance, especially since there were other people giving the clues.

JENN E.: Anything I’d want them to know about me I think they already know, because I wrote a lot of personal stories and a lot of my hints come from my experiences and life.

My Midwestern roots are well known in the forum. After I started writing the hints, I did notice that people started popping up in Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio.

What makes a good hint writer?

KLINE: The characteristics that we share seem to be best described as competitive, insomniac, addictive, self-challenging — yet we want to help others succeed. I love it when people say, “Your hints got me to Genius,” or, “I finally got to Queen Bee. Thank you for your help.” And there’s a certain rush that comes with playing “beat the clock.”

I would like to see more hinters. It would be great to have more people step up and take a shot at it. If they can’t get all 50 words, they can do the front 25 or the back 25.

What are your other favorite games?

JENN E.: Wordle, Connections and the Crossword.

KLINE: Connections, the Mini — because I don’t have time to do the Crossword — and Wordle.

STEVE G.: The Crossword. I think Connections is a great game. I hate Wordle. Don’t print that.

KITT RICHARDS: You can say that. Why not? It’s a free press.

STEVE G.: I never liked Wordle.

KITT RICHARDS: I love Wordle and Connections. I loved Tiles. I always do Wordle and Connections as my dessert after creating Spelling Bee clues.

What’s your favorite Bee word of all time?

STEVE G.: I’m not going to answer your question. I’m going to give the two words that I want in the Bee tomorrow, which are “caracal” and “birria.”

KITT RICHARDS: What are the words?

STEVE G.: “ Caracal,” the cat with the tufted hair.

KITT RICHARDS: What was the other one?

STEVE G.: “Birria.” It’s something you put in tacos. Oh, you’ve got to try it.

JENN E.: It originally was goat, but it’s meat that’s been chopped up and in a sauce. You can have it in tacos and on rice. It tends to be made of beef or pork now, not goat, unless you go to Mexico.

STEVE G.: I don’t know my favorite regular Bee word, so maybe you all can answer and it’ll come to me.

KITT RICHARDS: I can’t think of a single one.

KLINE: I don’t think I have a favorite one.

JENN N.: Well, it wouldn’t be “acacia” or “açaí,” and it wouldn’t be the Hawaiian goose.

KITT RICHARDS: I actually wrote a poem about the nene because I had such an affection for it.

STEVE G.: I do like “rococo.” It’s a good word.

What do you love most about the Spelling Bee Forum?

JENN E.: The sharing of people’s days or ideas or experiences. I do love the rush that Kline mentioned, when somebody says, “Because of you, I got to Queen Bee” or “I got to Genius.” The forum is a place where I learn a lot about people. It’s cool to read posts from somebody in South Africa, Sydney and Perth, and Singapore — places I’ve lived, visited and wanted to go.

STEVE G.: I’m afraid that my most memorable moments are various controversies. People try to school me or to set me right. I call myself a free speech absolutist, and I mean it.

Occasionally, in my clues, I’ll reference an Italian or foreign speaker who has an accent, and people will take me to task because they think I’m deriding that accent. They couldn’t be farther from the truth. As a person who loves language and linguistics, I love accents. My Italian grandmother never learned to speak English in 90 years in this country, but I know she really did speak English.

When I feel like I’ve broken through, I feel like there’s hope for humanity. I don’t care about helping people become Queen Bee, but if somebody says, “I spit out my coffee,” that makes me feel like I made somebody happy today. I don’t tend to make a lot of people happy in my profession as an actuary.

KITT RICHARDS: One of the really stellar elements in the forum is the poetry. I always read the poems, especially the ones that float to the top.

I wrote a poem about being up at 3 a.m. That was a lot of fun, and I got some responses from other forum poets. We’ve never met or exchanged any kind of private communication, but I think of them as friends because we communicate on the forum.

Elie Levine is part of The Times’s Games team, working on editorial and social media initiatives. More about Elie Levine

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